La Bohème: Berkshire Opera

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Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
Conductor: Kathy Kelly

The Berkshire Opera’s first production of Puccini’s little masterpiece about love and friendship in the springtime of life succeeds under Chuck Hudson’s staging for a simple reason: It seems real, delightfully and painfully so… The accent in Hudson’s conceit for this “Bohème” is on realism. One never senses a mere traffic cop moving people around. He is impelling real people who are savoring and suffering life. The Act IV death scene is among the most cogent in memory as this Mimi slowly passes away and each character gradually realizes the tragedy that has occurred in that room. Richard Houdek, Berkshire Eagle

Here is a jewel-box setting for an intricately cut and excellently mounted gem of a production…Hudson has taken this opera into the plains of reality with strong physical kinships and a sense of realism that sharpened those relationships. He has painted pictures that make sense and that aid in the tugging of our heartstrings. It is beautiful work and this company will be fortunate to have him back in future seasons. J. Peter Bergman, Berkshire Bright Focus

Director Chuck Hudson did nothing to disturb the traditional setting of 19th-century Paris, nor did he throw the characters — poor young artists — off their fated course. Joseph Dalton, Times Union (Albany)