Lara Ciekiewicz did justice to Musetta, both vocally and dramatically. Her supple soprano gave Musetta's signature "Quando me n'vo" the required spark. Etienne Dupuis' Marcello was the brightest star among the quartet of young men sharing the small garret. The amorous tension between Marcello and Musetta was evident, but not overdone. Though dramatically convincing, Roy del Valle did not sufficiently tone down his large baritone voice in the character roles of Benoit and Alcindoro. The usually grand finale of Act II was underwhelming, due to the number of characters on stage. There were too few children in Perpignols parade, requiring parents and Cafe Momus staff to augment it.
With three solid performers, the Act III quartet was vocally brilliant and dramatically moving. It was perhaps the highlight of the performance, thanks to the successful blending of the voices and the contrasting emotions portrayed by the singers. Alexandre Sylvestre was more than adequate as Colline, though his "Vecchia zimarra" was not quite convincing. Perhaps this was because Gauthier thought Colline did not want to part with his coat, or perhaps it was just poorly staged. Unfortunately, the Orchestre Metropolitain sounded drab under Italian conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia.
The luminosity of Lara Ciekiewicz's portrayal of Musetta in Act IV of the opera gave the right balance to the ailing Mi mi in the final scene. Fiset underplayed the death scene, thus stressing the fragility of the young woman. One looks forward to hearing more from both sopranos.