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Catch The Royal Opera's La bohème at a cinema near you on 3 October 2017

Richard Jones's acclaimed new production of Puccini's opera will be broadcast live from Covent Garden.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

29 September 2017 at 3.47pm | 5 Comments

The Royal Opera's new production of Puccini's classic opera La bohème will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 3 October 2017.

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.

To enhance your viewing experience, access our La bohème Digital Programme for free using the promo code FREEBOHEME, and enjoy a range of specially selected films, articles, pictures and features to bring you closer to the production.

The story

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.

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The music

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.

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The cast

Richard Jones's new production features an exciting young cast including American tenor Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo, Australian soprano Nicole Car as Mimì and Mariusz Kwiecień as Marcello.

Review

We've rounded-up audience and press reviews from opening night and we'd love to hear from you before, during intervals and after the live cinema relay, so share your thoughts via Twitter and Instagram using #ROHboheme.

La bohème will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 3 October 2017. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

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.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

29 September 2017 at 3.47pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Richard Jones, cinema, La bohème, Production

This article has 5 comments

  1. Lesley-Joy Wood responded on 3 October 2017 at 10:59pm Reply

    Thank you for this insight - the performance tonight mesmerising. Unforgettable!

  2. Elizabeth Giese responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:14pm Reply

    Absolutely stunning performance!

  3. Pamela Rank responded on 5 October 2017 at 5:09pm Reply

    I was unable to visit the cinema for this screening of my most favourite opera. Will there be an encore screening please? Comments from friends told me this was a wonderful performance, very moving.

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 6 October 2017 at 9:55am

      Dear Pamela,

      Thank you for your interest in our 2017/18 Cinema Season. There will be an encore screening of La boheme. Please visit our website at the below link to find your nearest venue's screening date and time.

      https://www.roh.org.uk/cinemas

      Kind Regards,
      Olivia
      ROH Cinema

  4. Loredana responded on 5 October 2017 at 8:13pm Reply

    Michael Fabiano and Nicole Car seem very "Americans" and I don't like the Fabiano's song. Very good others, naturally witty and very,very "Bohemiens"

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