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Insights into The Royal Opera's new La bohème

Join the cast and creative team of Richard Jones' hotly-anticipated new production as they explore one of the most romantic operas of all time.

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

30 August 2017 at 10.41am | 6 Comments

Opera fans can get a glimpse of Richard Jones' new Royal Opera production of Puccini's La bohème, available on demand on our YouTube channel.

During the event, which was livestreamed on 31 August 2017, members of the cast and creative team gave a taste of the hotly-anticipated new production which opens the Company's 2017/18 Season.

Conductor and Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano explored one of opera's most romantic scores, while singers Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo) and Nicole Car (Mimì) revealed what it's like performing such an iconic work on stage. Also involved was Olivier Award-winning production director Jones, who discussed the concept behind his staging. The event was be presented by Director of Opera Oliver Mears.

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La bohème runs 11 September-10 October 2017. Tickets are still available.

The production 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.

The production will be live in cinemas around the world on 3 October 2017. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

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

30 August 2017 at 10.41am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Antonio Pappano, by Richard Jones, cinema, La bohème, live stream, Michael Fabiano, Nicole Car, Production, Richard Jones, YouTube

This article has 6 comments

  1. Leslie Miller responded on 31 August 2017 at 8:37pm Reply

    OK, your director is talking about three weeks being rather short for for working out a show.

    What about the three other casts?

    Is it fair to them?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 1 September 2017 at 2:50pm

      Hi Leslie,

      Thanks for your comment and hope you enjoyed the stream.

      The length of rehearsal periods varies between different productions, with new productions normally having slightly more rehearsal time than revivals. Rehearsals for Richard Jones’ new production of La bohème began over five weeks before the opening performance, three of which took place in the rehearsal room before rehearsals moved to the main stage.

      When multiple casts are performing in the same production, rehearsals between all cast and creative team members take place simultaneously during the rehearsal period to ensure all performers have the necessary rehearsal time to bring both the composer and director’s visions to life.



  2. Leslie Miller responded on 31 August 2017 at 8:43pm Reply

    This introduction to an Opera is so important. My own opera house, The Met has yet to learn about things like this.

    Thank you. I hope to see this opera in June of 2018.

  3. Chris French responded on 18 September 2017 at 10:39am Reply

    I and my wife went to the matinee on 16/09/17.
    of La boheme. We both completely adored everything about it. Wonderful production, superb cast, and a deep sense of passionate commitment enematef from the stage to reduce us to tears laughter and just about every emotion in between.
    Congratulations on a fabulous La Boheme.

  4. Ian Moody responded on 20 September 2017 at 11:07am Reply

    My wife and I went to the matinee on Saturday 16 September and there is only one word to describe this new production - WONDERFUL.
    This a triumph. all the cast are tremendous, however Simona's Musetta made my day and lingers on. Musically there is some new and alive. It is almost like hearing it for the first time.
    As an access member I would like to thank all at ROH for their usual help. Just one thing - for anyone still to see this - take a box of tissues, you will need them!! Don't miss it.

  5. Diana Manock responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:38pm Reply

    Home now after a wonderful evening watching La Boheme at Cineworld, Bolton. Magnificent orchestra, singing, dramatic performances from all the artists. Thank you, everyone.

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