Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pavarotti: La Boheme's Che Gelida Manina

This is from Luciano Pavarotti 's twenty-fifth anniversary tour, in 1986, at New York City's Madison Square Garden. 

"Che Gelida Manina" is from Giacomo Puccini's La bohème (1896), an opera in four acts that is based on Murger's Scenes de la Vie de Boheme. Puccini's fourth opera remains one of the most popular operas performed on the stage. It is set in the Latin Quarter of Paris in 1830. (A full synopsis can be found here.)

Rodolfo sings this aria ("What a cold hand") to Mimi in Act I, where it is Christmas Eve. She in turn responds with Sì, mi chiamano Mimì – ("Yes, they call me Mimì"), each expounding on their backgrounds. They soon declare their love for each other.

(You can hear the great Maria Callas singing her aria, Si mi chiamano Mimi here.)

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