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Critic's pick: Opera at the movies

September 24, 2009 |  9:31 am


Opera on film and in movie theaters is making a decided comeback. "The Met: Live in HD" begins its new season starting Oct. 10, and for those who can't wait, a luscious version of that sturdy warhorse, Puccini's "La Bohème," is showing in a handful of Laemmle theaters starting tonight. Directed by Robert Dornhelm, it features Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón -- two stars who look as romantic as they sound -- as Mimi and Rodolfo. Tonight at 7:30 at the Royal in West L.A.; Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Music Hall in Beverly Hills and Town Center 5 in Encino; and next Thursday at 7:30 at the Music Hall, Town Center 5 and Playhouse 7 in Pasadena.

-- Kenneth Turan

Photo: Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon and Russian soprano Anna Netrebko in a scene from the film version of Puccini's "La Boheme." Credit: Associated Press