Israeli Opera's 'La Boheme' Overly Sentimental?

It’s a shame that no attempt was made to squeeze any relevance out of Puccini’s work, rather than just rely on it as a surefire tearjerker.

Israeli and international conductor Daniel Oren appears blessed with a God-given gift: understanding Italian opera. Watching Oren conduct “La Boheme” is much more gratifying than watching the dreary stage (this is not meant as a metaphor; the color gray is really quite prominent) or reading the translation of Puccini’s reactionary and morally dubious libretto.