I’ve sung in and stage managed several productions of La Boheme, but if they left something out, I couldn’t spot it. Neither could other audience members I queried. I guess if you drop the intermissions and ovations, it really brings the opera down to a manageable length. That makes it more enjoyable, especially for novices.
Even though Mona warned me it was lip-synced, I didn’t realize that meant the cast was filled with actors who were lip-syncing to opera singers – except for the two leads of course, Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon.
I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the acting, and having been forewarned, simply didn’t focus on the synchronization.