Pavarotti and Freni in rehersal for the centennial La Bohème in 1996

In 1996 Italy and the world celebrated the centennial for the première of the wonderful Puccini opera La Bohème. The world première performance was on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio in Torino (Turin).

Pavarotti and Mirella Freni sang in a special centennial performance of the opera exactly 100 years later in the same Teatro Regio in Torino. The event was broadcast on Italian TV. It can seen on YouTube and can be obtained on very unofficial DVD editions.

Here are two clips from the rehearsal for this historic performance.




This post was first published 07-06-2015. Last revised 07-06-2015.