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La bohème to be shown for free on BP Big Screens across the UK on Tuesday 15 July 2014

Angela Gheorghiu and Vittorio Grigolo star in Puccini’s great romance, conducted by Cornelius Meister.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

9 July 2014 at 10.53pm | 7 Comments

John Copley’s much-loved production of Puccini’s La bohème will be shown free on outdoor BP Big Screens across the UK on 15 July 2014.

The production, which opened tonight, stars Angela Gheorghiu and Vittorio Grigolo in the title roles, conducted by Cornelius Meister.

A heart-wrenching love story set in Bohemian Paris, La bohème has captivated audiences around the world. One of opera’s greatest romances, it has been performed at Covent Garden more than 500 times.

The Story

Loosely based on Henri Murger’s Scènes de la vie de bohème, Puccini’s La bohème tells the story of penniless artist Rodolfo and seamstress Mimì, who fall passionately in love when they first meet in Rodolfo’s attic. However, Mimì is gravely ill with consumption. Find out more in our Opera Essentials series.

The Music

La bohème is well known for its glorious arias and duets, which express Mimì and Rodolfo’s love, from their first meeting in Act I to their poignant reunion in Act IV. It also contains some wonderful evocations of Parisian life, including the hustle and bustle of the street outside the Café Momus and dawn on a winter's day on the outskirts of the city. Watch an extract of Act IV performed by Dmytro Popov and Maija Kovalevska.

The Production

John’s hugely popular production of Puccini’s La bohème has been in The Royal Opera’s repertory for forty years, premiering in 1974 and since revived 25 times. The production re-creates Paris in the 1830s, from the lively trade of the Latin Quarter, to a drafty attic where impoverished artists live hand-to-mouth.

Listen to John Copley on La bohème:

Find a BP Big Screen near you.

La bohème runs until the 19 July 2014. Tickets are still available.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund. Original Production (1974) supported by The Linbury Trust.


By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

9 July 2014 at 10.53pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged BP Big Screens, by John Copley, free, La bohème, live, Puccini, screening, The Royal Opera

This article has 7 comments

  1. Renata P. responded on 10 July 2014 at 2:40pm Reply

    Will the 15 July performance be live broadcast on Youtube as well, the way La Traviata with Costello was a few months back? I do not live in the UK, hence my question.

    • Paul Spear (Digital Producer) responded on 10 July 2014 at 4:56pm

      Hi Renata,

      Unfortunately we are not able to offer the concurrent YouTube broadcast for this BP Big Screen.


  2. Jane Wright responded on 13 July 2014 at 10:33am Reply

    As I live nowhere near a live screening, can I still watch it on my computer even though it is not on YouTube?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 20 July 2014 at 8:37pm

      Hi Jane,

      We're afraid we're not able to offer this production on demand - sorry to disappoint!


      ROH Content Producer

  3. Donna responded on 15 July 2014 at 7:01pm Reply

    disappointed that not available on Youtube - live in Cape Town, South African and was getting ready to watch...please if possible organise for the next one? Would really love to watch. Enjoy the show everyone! x

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 15 July 2014 at 7:06pm

      Sorry about that Donna. Will let you know if we live stream Rigoletto.

      Best wishes


  4. Geoffrey T. responded on 15 July 2014 at 8:14pm Reply

    I would like to add my disappointment, from Victoria, BC Canada. Had been looking forward for weeks to seeing another fine production from the RPH Big Screen!

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