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Mimi, La Bohème

July 07, 2010 − in Press, Reviews

“One could hardly wish for a finer ensemble of singing actors than these Bohemians, led by the poet Rodolfo, wonderfully sung by Stephen Costello, and the consumptive seamstress Mimi, a radiant Ailyn Pérez. It was impressive to see how beautifully they could sing … Costello and Pérez, newlyweds in real life, communicated a chemistry and genuine quality that made them believable as the young lovers … Pérez displayed Mimi’s vulnerability, and the luster of her voice and depth of expression were assets from her first “Mi chiamano Mimi” (They call me Mimi). In the end, as she lay dying in an easy chair, her pure-toned recollection of their first meeting was heartbreaking.”
– The Cincinnati Enquirer, July 2010 [Cincinnati Opera]

“The music was well attended to by an outstanding cast of young singing actors, headed by tenor Stephen Costello and soprano Ailyn Pérez as Rodolfo and Mimi, whose dreams of love are disappointed by the realities of life. Married in real life, the two singers made an attractive and emotionally appealing couple, with fresh young voices that soared through the hall individually and together, often over the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in full cry.”
– Music in Cincinnati, July 2010 [Cincinnati Opera]

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