20 September 2017 at 2.54pm | 2 Comments
In the run-up to opening night, BBC Radio 4 shadowed Music Director of The Royal Opera, Antonio Pappano, who shared the challenges of operating at the very highest level of operatic performance, as well as the thrill of working on a new production of such a famous work.
‘I can’t wait to get to it,’ Pappano explained during the rehearsal process. ‘There’s always a challenge of “How can we do it better? How can we make it special? How can we render it in such a way that the audience is beguiled, made to feel ‘what a great masterpiece this is’?”’
The five-part documentary gives unprecedented access behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House, interviewing the team working both on and off stage, as well as cast members, set-builders, stage directors, movement directors, and repetiteurs.
La bohème runs until 10 October 2017. Tickets are still available.
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.
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