So you love the story of Rent. Are you curious about the source material, Puccini's La Boheme ? Starting March 26, you can satisfy your curiosity, free, when PBS broadcasts the New York City Opera production of the piece, starring Cassandra Riddle as Mimi and John Fowler as Rodolfo (Roger).Compare and contrast "Che gelida manina" with "Light My Candle."
Directed by Graziella Sciutti, the opera about starving artists (Mimi has consumption, not AIDS) will be broadcast live starting at 8 PM on WNET in New York. The broadcast will be simulcast on WQXR radio. Taped, the performance will be rebroadcast on PBS in N.Y. 1 PM March 30. Check local PBS listings for times elsewhere.
-- By Robert Viagas