29 September 2017 at 3.47pm | 5 Comments
Richard Jones's production sees the director bring his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylized designs.
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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 is based on a book by Henry Murger, Scènes de la vie de bohème, but quickly outstripped the popularity of its source material after its premiere in 1896. It 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. Conductor 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.
Read and hear more:
- Why Puccini is the Alfred Hitchcock of music - an interview with Antonio Pappano
- Behind the scenes on La bohème - a BBC Radio 4 documentary
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It is a co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and Lyric Opera of Chicago. It is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE, Beth Madison, The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund and The American Friends of Covent Garden.