22 June 2018 at 11.56am | 8 Comments
Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with wonderful music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than 500 performances here since.
Richard Jones' new staging brings the director's characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, featuring period costumes and bucket-loads of snow.
The opera tells the story of a group of penniless artists living in Paris. When poet Rodolfo meets seamstress Mimì, the couple fall instantly in love. Their happiness is threatened, however, when Mimì falls gravely ill.
Puccini's opera has since gone on to influence a number of other works of stage and screen, including the musical Rent.
La bohème features some of all opera's most romantic music, with sumptuous duets, thrilling choruses and stunning showcases for the orchestra. Music Director Antonio Pappano describes the opera as a masterpiece, and has likened Puccini's contribution to the art form as akin to Hitchcock's influence on film.
The opera will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.
The BP Big Screens relay will sees Maria Agresta star as Mimì alongside Matthew Polenzani as Rodolfo. The cast also includes Danielle de Niese as Musetta, Etienne Dupuis as Marcello, Duncan Rock as Schaunard and Fernando Radó as Colline. Nicola Luisotti conducts.
La boheme will be relayed live to BP Big Screens in the UK on 26 June 2018. Find your nearest BP Big Screen.