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Watch: Members of cast, creative and backstage teams on La bohème

Backstage films from the 2015 live relay of La bohème, including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.

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

11 June 2015 at 11.15am | 5 Comments

John Copley's much-loved Royal Opera production of La bohème, starring Anna Netrebko as Mimì and Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo, was relayed live to cinemas around the world and BP Big Screens in the UK on 10 June 2015.

John Copley's production, now 41 years old and due to retire after the 2014/15 Season, was the first production to be shown on a Big Screen - Plácido Domingo's performance was live streamed to outdoor screens in 1987.

View audience reactions to the live screenings.

The relays, presented in cinemas by Kirsty Wark and on BP Big Screens by Dominic Peckham, featured a series of backstage films, including rehearsal footage and interviews with members of the cast and creative team.

If you missed the screening on the night, or just want to find out more about the production, here's another chance to see the films:

For a range of specially selected digital content, including films, audio clips, pictures, articles, news and features, as well as a synopsis, cast list and biographies, download your Free BP Big Screens Digital Programme.

The Royal Opera House Cinema Season broadcasts performances to more than 1,600 cinemas in 60 countries around the world.Check the website to see if there's an encore of La bohème near you.

The next live relay of 2014/15 will be The Royal Opera's Guillaume Tell on 5 May 2015.Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our Cinema mailing list.

The BP Big Screens Season spans from June to September. The next live relay will be The Royal Opera's Don Giovanni on 3 July, followed by The Royal Ballet's Romeo and Juliet on 22 September. Find a venue near you

This article has 5 comments

  1. Maja Arnestad responded on 12 June 2015 at 6:06pm Reply

    Last year the summer relay performance was broadcast also on the web - for the benefit of those of us living outside the UK. Why is there no such offer this summer? Bring ut back, please!

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 13 June 2015 at 4:40pm

      Dear Maja

      Thank you for your comment. Last year we streamed one of the three BP Big Screens online, but to do so does require additional clearances and incurs costs. We have not been able to confirm live streaming this year but if this changes we will flag it online.

      Best wishes


  2. Brendan Quinn responded on 15 June 2015 at 12:25am Reply

    The best boheme I've seen for 35 years, I have seen a lot of bohemes in that time! but this one matched Domingo and Kiri as Mimi. Same production!

  3. helen constant responded on 10 September 2016 at 1:23pm Reply

    I loved the production of La Boheme with Joseph Calleja and Anna Netrebko. Would love to get the DVD of it, keep looking but no luck so far. Will it be available ?

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 12 September 2016 at 10:59am

      Hi Helen,
      No plans at the moment for this DVD to be released. Do keep an eye on our Twitter and News section though as all DVD updates will be announced there.
      All best wishes,

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