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Your Reaction: La bohème 2015

What did you think of the return of John Copley's production of Puccini's classic tragedy?

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

24 May 2015 at 10.08am | 14 Comments

Press reviews:
Music OMH ★★★★★
Telegraph ★★★★
Guardian ★★★★
The Stage ★★★★
Times (£) ★★★
Financial Times ★★★
What's On Stage ★★★

What did you think of La bohème?

The production is given with generous philanthropic support from Alfiya and Timur Kuanyshev, Marina Hobson OBE and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund. Original Production (1974) supported by The Linbury Trust.

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

24 May 2015 at 10.08am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Anna Netrebko, by John Copley, Jennifer Rowley, Joseph Calleja, La bohème, Production, review, Social Media, your reaction

This article has 14 comments

  1. Liza Johnson responded on 24 May 2015 at 11:33am Reply

    The most beautiful evening. Joseph's voice has something so unique.... I kept forgetting to breathe... So much else to concentrate on! Well done ROH.

  2. Jane green responded on 24 May 2015 at 3:51pm Reply

    Joseph was marvellous as always but why did Anna feel it necessary to be sharp throughout most of act 1 and in some places throughout the rest of the opera.At times it made my teeth on edge....such a shame!

  3. James Flattery responded on 30 May 2015 at 9:35pm Reply

    I think it would be a great idea if you did not restrict the Twitter opinions to the opening night. Then people who see the show later in the run can put their view in. Plus also some people don't actually like attending opening nights of operas.

    Saying that I went last Wednesday and thought the singing was of the highest order. Calleja is a natural Rodolfo and although Netrebko may now have too heavy a voice for Mimi her rich tone and musicality shone through.

  4. william glynne hughes responded on 3 June 2015 at 12:57pm Reply

    Henri Murger's book "Scenes de la Vie de Boheme" should be as well known as Puccini's opera,The book would interest those who love the opera.The book's epilogue of the loves of Rodolphe and Mimi are as touching as the opera. Rodolphe gets word from a friend that Mimi is dead only to be told a week letter that Mimi had died that very day! The error was due to the fact that Mimi's bed at the hospital was empty because she had been moved. Rodolphe goes to visit La Pitie in order to see Mimi only to be told she is there on a vehicle in which the corpses that are unclaimed are taken to their pauper's grave. So in both book and opera Mimi is alone at the moment when death visits her.

  5. Stephen Cutler responded on 3 June 2015 at 3:26pm Reply

    Beautifully sung last night, though rather less than beautifully conducted. It is an act of almost unparalleled vandalism by Covent Garden to ditch this production (though the Zeffirelli Tosca comes close). I have not found one person on either side of the curtain who wants to see the back of it. And now I will never know the answer to this question (unless Mr Copley would like to respond): Why in the last act is Marcello's model naked from the waist up, when all that Marcello is sketching is a full-page portrait of her head? It also struck me last night for the first time that the white muff which Musetta gives Mimi as she is dying looks suspiciously like it is made from Musetta's little white dog!

  6. Stephen Ratcliffe responded on 6 June 2015 at 10:34am Reply

    such a shame to be seeing the last of this wonderful production. I will miss it. Not the best outing last night - terrible conducting and neither Calleja or Netrebko were on best form. Loved the Colline - wonderful bass. Did not think Ms Rowley has a big enough voice for the house.

  7. Norman Wood responded on 11 June 2015 at 12:18am Reply

    Get a life, some of you critics! Tonight's (Cinema) performance was gorgeous. Beautiful singing of wonderful music, with great sets of course, and acting which was of the highest standard. What more could one ask for. A memorable evening!

  8. Trev Lynes responded on 11 June 2015 at 9:40am Reply

    Wonderful exhibition of scene setting with great singing. Netrebko is fantastic and exudes star quality and Rowley was also great as Musetta on her debut. Bringing live opera to the big screen and Vue cinema's is opening up this fantastic music to the millions

  9. Paula responded on 11 June 2015 at 3:21pm Reply

    Brilliant music and singing! It is also a production that is a favourite for most people, so why retire it? It would be better to use the financial resources to create outstanding productions for operas not seen before at the ROH, or others whose current productions have not been appealing at all.

  10. Robert Hurst responded on 11 June 2015 at 4:35pm Reply

    AGED 73 YEARS I HAVE WATCHED LA BOHEME MANY TIMES AND AS AN AMATEUR SUNG THE TENOR ARIAS AND I SIMPLY CAN'T UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE NASTY COMMENTS ABOVE WHEN WE HEARD ARGUABLY ONE OF THE BEST ENSEMBLES OF ITS GENERATION WITH FAULTLESS ACTING AND GORGEOUS SINGING. LET'S HOPE IT WAS PRESERVED ON DVD AS I'LL BE GETTING IT ON DAY 1. MAZELTOV TO MD DAN - FAITHFUL TO PUCCINI.

  11. John Skuse responded on 11 June 2015 at 8:30pm Reply

    Left the cinema showing somewhat underwhelmed by the performance. The only convincing acting came from Musetta in the final act. We need youthful performers to take the parts of Mimi and Rodolfo. Calleja and Netrebko have good voices but are too mature for this work. The production is looking tired after 40+ years.

  12. Sibylle Luise responded on 16 July 2015 at 8:22pm Reply

    Considering what you've done with your new productions in the last years I'm so _not_ looking forward to your new Boheme ...

    Yes, the old one's gone a bit dusty, but it was so much better as your new Onegin, Don G. or this abdominal Tell.

  13. dr.rudolf lauff responded on 13 September 2015 at 11:54pm Reply

    Es una produccion sumamente impresionante!
    We are watching in Honduras

  14. Rita Medrano responded on 21 May 2016 at 10:19am Reply

    Complimenti, best ever to me
    Were there the 27th May
    All the cast reslly stunning

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