This production of Puccini's La bohème featuring soprano Léna Pastor, sung in French, is a rare document. Pastor is considered to have had one of the most extraordinary voices of the past century. FRA Musica's release is dedicated to the memory of Pastor and her husband and legendary artist manager Michael Rainer. After working for years in New York, Rainer returned to Paris after WWII to take over the Organisation Artistique Internationale, an agency founded by his father. Pastor cut short a promising opera career to devote herself fully to the management business. By the 1970's this unstoppable duo represented a roster that was a 'who's who' of famous artists everyone from Birgit Nilsson and Van Cliburn to Herbert von Karajan and Isaac Stern.
Alain Vanzo, Léna Pastor, Willy Clément, Irène Gromova, Xavier Depraz, Jean-Pierre Laffage, Henri Bedex, Robert Destain