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Great Performances: La Bohème

Airs Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Dashing Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón and sensational Russian soprano Anna Netrebko are the doomed lovers Rodolfo and Mimi in Giacomo Puccini’s enduring 1896 blockbuster "La Bohème."

Giacomo Puccini's enduring 1896 blockbuster now makes its way to the big screen in a lushly atmospheric movie adaptation directed by Robert Dornhelm. The operatic "dream couple" -- sensational Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and dashing Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon --reunite as the doomed lovers Mimi and Rodolfo, joined by George von Bergen (vocals by Boaz Daniel) as Marcello, Adrian Erod as Schaunard, Vitalij Kowaljow as Colline, Tiziano Bracci as Benoit and Nicole Cabell as Musetta.

Watch a preview plus an interview with Anna Netrebko.