A talented young opera singer, who is being mentored by the show's diva as her understudy, is poisoned at a rehearsal with Brackenreid, a great admirer of the soprano,, in charge of the investigation.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rosa Hamilton
Carlo Corsi
Earl Pastko ...
Senor Arturo
Nathalie Toriel ...
Anne Marie Thiery
Mr. Peters
Maurice Domenicke
Alison Jantzie ...
Elvira Cummings
Tony Rizzini
Constant Bernard ...
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy) (credit only)


When Elvira Cummings (Alison Jantzie), a young opera singer, is poisoned during a rehearsal of "La Bohème,", Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) suspects the intended victim was Madame Rosa Hamilton (Measha Brueggergosman), the diva who stormed off stage moments before her protégé collapsed. Showing her thoroughness and skill, Dr. Grace's (Georgina Reilly) autopsy brings her to the same conclusion as Murdoch: the aspiring soprano was killed by a fast-acting poison, likely slipped into her prop glass by one of the other on-stage performers. A serious opera aficionado, Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) takes a personal interest in the crime, and the famed and flirtatious soprano, inflaming the jealousy of his wife Margaret (Arwen Humphreys). Further investigation into the opera company uncovers almost unanimous disdain for Rosa, and a rumored love triangle between Rosa, her longtime lover, tenor Carlo Corsi (Paulino Nunes), and the dead singer. As Murdoch, Brackenreid and ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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3 July 2012 (Canada)  »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


"La Boheme," one of Puccini's most performed opera premiered in Turin, Italy in February 1896 and was conducted by a youthful Arturo Toscanini The U.S. premiere took place in Los Angeles in 1897. See more »


When Inspector Brackenreid first arrives at the opera after the murder the flower he wears is a dark pink. However when he is in Madame Hamilton's dressing room the flower is a light pink. See more »


Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: [explainng opera] It's not about the story, Murdoch. Opera's about the expression of emotion - pure emotion expressed through virtruostic singing.
Detective William Murdoch: I had no idea you had an ear for opera, sir.
Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: Life holds greater riches than a job with the Toronto Constabulary There are a lot of things you don't know about me, Murdoch.
Detective William Murdoch: Clearly.
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inspector Brackenreid is really Inspector Morse :)
10 November 2016 | by (Wales) – See all my reviews

An opera company is rehearsing La Bohème by Puccini at the Toronto Opera. A squabble breaks out between the two principal singers, Mimi, the soprano, and Rodolfo, her lover. Both flounce off the stage, but Mimi refuses to return, so the rehearsal resumes with an understudy. The characters drink wine, but the understudy immediately collapses, and dies, uttering the word, "viola." She has been poisoned.

Murdoch arrives to investigate, closely followed by Inspector Brackenreid, who stops to buy a rose for his buttonhole, because despite his brash manner, he is a secret opera fan, and just happens to be besotted by the diva, Rosa Hamilton, who is singing Mimi.

Since the Understudy drank from Mimi's glass, the investigation is first directed at who might have means, motive and opportunity to kill the diva.

The investigation discloses a spider's web of relationships in the opera company, It seems that everybody thought that the diva is an ogre, whom they only tolerate because of her crowd appeal.

Murdoch and Brackenreid must penetrate the motives of *all* in the cast to solve this murder, and the Inspector also has to keep his wife content, because she dislikes the special effort he is making for the diva.

This is a more average plot than usual for MM, though fans will likely find it entertaining enough.

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