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Watch Puccini's La bohème on demand

Richard Jones' Royal Opera production of Puccini's romantic classic is available to watch on demand.

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

22 June 2018 at 11.56am | 8 Comments

The Royal Opera's production of Puccini's classic La bohème was relayed live to 14 BP Big Screens around the UK from 7.15pm BST on 26 June 2018, and is now available on demand:

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 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 has since gone on to influence a number of other works of stage and screen, including the musical Rent.

The music

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 cast

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

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

22 June 2018 at 11.56am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged BP Big Screen, by Richard Jones, La bohème, livestream, Production

This article has 8 comments

  1. Stephen Jay-Taylor responded on 24 June 2018 at 5:55am Reply

    Amusing of you to emphasise the period costumes and buckets of snow whilst keeping quiet about the bizarre sets.....

    By the way, the heading and the opening sentence give the relay date as 26th June: the closing one, the 27th. Decisions, decisions.....

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 24 June 2018 at 9:20am

      Thanks Stephen, this has now been changed. The correct date is 26 June, apologies for the error.

  2. Dee Grimes responded on 24 June 2018 at 4:47pm Reply

    But where are the free big screens?

  3. Kruti Patel responded on 1 July 2018 at 4:38pm Reply

    Hi, your on demand link seems to no longer work. Last year, Turandot was available to view for 30 days after the live stream. Has this changed this year?

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 2 July 2018 at 2:50pm

      Hi Kruti,

      Yes, we only have a 48 hour catch up window for this performance, I'm afraid, due to rights reasons. The performance will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray soon.



  4. Tom Knight responded on 2 July 2018 at 10:27am Reply

    As it happened, I rather liked the sets. I gather they're not to everyone's taste, but as an opera newbie they worked for me!

  5. Mark Emerson responded on 14 July 2018 at 9:37pm Reply

    Adored these dynamic sets and the skill of the changes. What a spellbinding performance.

  6. I thought it was wonderful. When will the DVD be available please?

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