Accessibility links


Sign In
  • Home
  • News
  • La bohème to be relayed live to cinemas around the world and BP Big Screens in the UK on 10 June 2015

La bohème to be relayed live to cinemas around the world and BP Big Screens in the UK on 10 June 2015

John Copley’s iconic production of Puccini’s opera stars Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja.

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

2 June 2015 at 3.40pm | 10 Comments

John Copley's classic Royal Opera production of La bohème will be relayed live to cinemas around the world and BP Big Screens in the UK at 7pm BST on 10 June 2015.

The cinema relay will be presented by Kirsty Wark, while the BP Big Screen relay will be presented by Dominic Peckham.

For a specially selected range of films, clips, pictures and features, download the La bohème Digital Programme.

The Story

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall passionately in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.

One of a number of operas inspired by the city of ParisLa bohème based on the novel Scènes de la vie de bohème by the poet Henry Murgher. Murgher's work was semi-autobiographical, featuring characters based on the friends he made while living as a desperately poor writer in a Paris attic.

Find out more in our Opera Essentials article

The production

John Copley's now iconic Royal Opera production had its premiere 41 years ago in 1974. Featuring meticulously detailed designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, it became an audience favourite, lasting considerably longer than the four or five Seasons it was originally intended to!

Copley's production incorporates a wide variety of props, ranging from a billiard table for the café scene to a toy-seller’s cart laden with wares, in order to create an engrossing and believable world. Read our How to Stage an Opera article taking a closer look at the complexity of La bohème's staging.

The production has starred many of the opera greats over the past four decades, including Plácido DomingoKiri Te Kanawa and Luciano PavarottiView our gallery of archive La bohème production shots.

The Cast

The live relay of La bohème will star Russian soprano Anna Netrebko as Mimì and Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo. The cast also features American baritone Lucas Meachem as Marcello and American soprano Jennifer Rowley as Musetta. Dan Ettinger conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

The Music

La bohème features some of Puccini's most memorable music, including romantic duets such as 'O soave fanciulla' and a heart-breaking finale. Renowned conductor Nicola Luisotti has said that 'you can learn more from one of Puccini's scores than from books'.

The opera is one of a number of examples of the composer's knack for using music to evoke a wide range of settings.

Review and win

The production returned on 18 May. Read audience reactions to the opening night and add your own review. After the relay, we will publish a roundup of the audience tweets, so share your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHboheme.

BP Big Screen audiences will have the opportunity to win a luxury picnic hamper by sharing their Summer Selfies from venues around the UK. Details of how to enter will be shared on the day of the relay.


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

2 June 2015 at 3.40pm

This article has been categorised Opera, Screening and tagged Anna Netrebko, BP Big Screens, by John Copley, cinema, free, Joseph Calleja, La bohème, Production, screening

This article has 10 comments

  1. Denis Protti responded on 3 June 2015 at 9:44pm Reply

    Hi, I just found out that this is going to be shown here in Victoria, BC Canada. It is the first I have heard of it. How many ROH productions have I missed? Could I please get a list of all the future upcoming transmissions? How do I find out about next year's offerings? Thanks.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 4 June 2015 at 4:29pm

      Dear Denis

      Glad to hear that you're excited to see our productions! Our cinema website allows users to search for screenings coming up in their local area. Here is a link for Canada, but you can of course search more precisely:

      Let us know what you think of La bohème when you see it.

      Many thanks


  2. Hazel Nuttall responded on 11 June 2015 at 6:14am Reply

    Last night I saw La Boheme in a provincial cinema in France, you could have heard a pin drop during the last scene, the audience was mesmerised.
    I can't wait for the next opera or ballet to be screened, the performance was wonderful and the french and english in the crowd loved the interviews and views of London.
    Bravo - more please!

  3. Natalie thompson responded on 14 June 2015 at 1:15pm Reply

    I was supposed to be going to the royal opera house to see this performance but couldn't due to family illness - I am dismayed to have missed the live cinema screening.
    Is there or will there be any opportunity to purchase this performance as either a download or DVD????

  4. Olivia responded on 14 July 2015 at 11:51am Reply

    Hi, just wondering why this is the last chance to see this classic production of La Boheme? The last performance is sold out!! Thanks!

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 14 July 2015 at 11:56am

      Hi Olivia,

      The final performance will have 67 day tickets on sale from 10am on the morning of performance at the Box Office in Covent Garden.

      We'll have a new production of the opera in a future Season


      ROH Content Producer

  5. Maggie Matheson responded on 20 July 2015 at 6:42am Reply

    Over the weekend I saw this wonderful production at the Brighton Bay Cinema in Melbourne Australia. It was the most stunning production of La Boheme I have ever seen (and I have seen several over the years). It was absolutely perfect, in every way - the singing, the staging, the costumes. The acting of the principals was breathtaking. The commentary and interviews pre/post and during interviews wwas also excellent. A magic event. Thank you to all concerned.

  6. susan johnson responded on 30 July 2015 at 12:02pm Reply

    This was a wonderful performance and I was hoping to buy the dvd for friends. I would really urge you to consider this.For me it was the best performance of La Boheme at the Opera House and I have seen quite a few!

  7. Merv skinner responded on 24 February 2017 at 9:16pm Reply

    I must agree with Susan Johnson , this is probably the best version of La Boheme I've seen to date , truly magical ...are there any plans to release it on DVD or Blueray ?

Comment on this article

Your email will not be published

Website URL is optional