9 May 2012 at 5.17pm
With performances of La bohème well underway on the Royal Opera House main stage, we're now looking ahead to the BP Summer Big Screens relay on 17 May. The event will see the production beamed live from Covent Garden to 22 screens around the UK where thousands will be able to see the opera for free in squares and piazzas from Aberdeen to Plymouth.
If the weather's good, why not pack a picnic basket and enjoy an early summer's evening in the company of Puccini's masterpiece?
The relay will showcase one of The Royal Opera's best-loved productions to a national audience and ROH Insights recently interviewed John Copley about his production, in the company's repertoire since 1974. Listen to an extract featuring amusing anecdotes from the seasoned director.
The role of Mimi is one of the most famous in opera, and this production of La bohème has seen some of the world's greatest singers in the role - including Angela Gheorghiu who returns to the part in June. We recently caught up with Italian soprano Carmen Giannatassio and asked her about stepping in. Watch our interview with Carmen.
Kasper Holten, Director of The Royal Opera, recently told us why he loves the piece, and why it deserves its tag as a classic:
There's also the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes with our gallery of rehearsal pictures, taken by Yuri Vorobiev who will sing the role of Colline for the relay performance. Alternatively, if since watching BBC Two's series of Maestro at the Opera you're after a conductor's view of preparations, Entartete Musik's Gavin Plumley followed Semyon Bychkov for his enlightening six week 'Stalking Semyon' series.