Swiss broadcaster adapts opera to today's TV reality to find a large, enthusiastic audience
Please take at least 5 minutes to watch this closing section from Puccini's La Bohème: -- Maija Boog is Mimi, Saimir Pirgu, Rodolfo:
What makes it special is that it was made for its medium, television. Not just a stage-to-screen effort filtered by a camera lens, it's been directed and staged in the real, contemporary world with no worry that the music would jar with the 21st century setting.
You can thank Swiss broadcaster Schweizer Fernsehen for this Bern-set La Bohème im Hochhaus (Highrise La Bohème). And, just like the Metropolitan Opera has discovered at the cinema, there's a much larger market of eager eyes and ears than they could have expected.
You can read all about Schweizer Fernsehen's successful opera-for-TV initiative in an article in today's New York Times.
Here is some Verdi in the same vein -- the 2008 La Traviata im Hauptbanhof Zürich (La Traviata at Zurich train station). Eva Mei is Violetta, Vittorio Grigolo, Alfredo, Angelo Veccia, Germont: