Puccini: La bohème **
English National Opera, 16th October 2015
Did anyone hear sobbing? La bohème is one of the great operatic tear-jerkers, yet Benedict Andrews’ new production for English National Opera, previously seen in Amsterdam, left me dry-eyed. Judging by the lack of sobs and sniffles around me, I wasn’t the only one. A cold, clinical set did little to raise the emotional temperature, while stodgy conducting compromised some fine vocal performances. It’s a staging devoid of heart.
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