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Your Reaction: What did you think of La bohème live in cinemas?

Audiences respond to The Royal Opera’s new production of Puccini's masterpiece, which was relayed live to cinemas across the world.

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

3 October 2017 at 10.08pm | 65 Comments

What did you think of La bohème live in cinemas?

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

3 October 2017 at 10.08pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Richard Jones, cinema, La bohème, Production, your reaction

This article has 65 comments

  1. Berland fanny responded on 3 October 2017 at 10:28pm Reply

    Grande émotion à Bordeaux France

  2. J J-B responded on 3 October 2017 at 10:36pm Reply

    Aw, now see what you made me do. I've never cried at opera before but the music & storytelling were overwhelming. Thank you #ROHBoheme

  3. Lesley-Joy Wood responded on 3 October 2017 at 10:43pm Reply

    Tonights wonderful performance was sublime in every way. Feel privileged to have attended at my local theatre. Thank you to each and every cast member you were amazing.

  4. Karenb responded on 3 October 2017 at 10:43pm Reply

    I went prepared not to like the new production but absolutely loved it. Great cast and orchestra superb as always with Antonio Pappano at the helm.

  5. Janet Elwin responded on 3 October 2017 at 10:44pm Reply

    The best production, singing and acting I've ever seen - and I've seen quite a lot. Thank you everyone for a memorable and most moving boheme. The chemistry between Mimi and Rodolfo was extraordary.

  6. Lyn Mccracken responded on 3 October 2017 at 10:44pm Reply

    I have never been an opera buff - I could take it or leave it - but this performance was breathtaking! I was blown away . . . . and I could see it just 10 minutes walk from my home in Wiltshire!! Brilliant! I will most definitely be back to see more ROH productions.

  7. Barry Landy responded on 3 October 2017 at 10:45pm Reply

    This was one of the most amazing performances of La Boheme I have ever seen.

    Still weepy!


  8. Maggie responded on 3 October 2017 at 10:47pm Reply

    It was an amazing emotional performance - I loved it

  9. Lesley-Joy Wood responded on 3 October 2017 at 10:47pm Reply

    Magnificent production in every apect. Bravo! Feel privileged to have attended at my local theatre!❤

  10. Ruth Waterton responded on 3 October 2017 at 10:49pm Reply

    I have loved this opera for over 50 years but Tony P and the wonderful cast showed me new things about it. So emotionally true and sincere. Particularly liked the way all the Bohemians were given distinct personalities.

  11. Qatrinnada Rawi responded on 3 October 2017 at 10:53pm Reply

    Perfect and soo emotional.

  12. Georgina Batty responded on 3 October 2017 at 10:58pm Reply

    Makes me so happy to see such beautiful operas so regularly ! Boheme was stunning! Congratulations to Anthony Pappano, cast, orchestra and all behind the scenes - it was a wow!

  13. JennyB responded on 3 October 2017 at 10:58pm Reply

    Wonderful, beautiful, funny, sad, very sad. Fabulous voices, a brilliant set, perfect music. An amazing evening. How great to be able to enjoy opera live from ROH.

  14. Linda davidson responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:01pm Reply

    Have just had the most amazing evening. Such a Wonderful, emotional production. I Just didn't want it to end.

  15. Chris Lloyd responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:01pm Reply

    What a truly wonderful and emotional performance - we loved it. Far superior to the live one earlier in the year from Taormina - setting spectacular but........

    Sorry not on Twitter

  16. Carol Ormiston responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:02pm Reply

    The performance was amazing. Laughter and tears. Such an excellent production. So good to watch this so near to home yet feel part of the ROH audience.

  17. Suzanne responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:05pm Reply

    Everything and everyone from start to finish was just breathtaking! An unforgettable performance! Magnificent! Thank you, thank you!

  18. Annalisa D'Aria responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:06pm Reply

    Grande emozione al cinema Metropolitan di Napoli!!!! Magnifico cast e magnifico Pappano!!!

  19. Mercedes Rodríguez Murto responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:08pm Reply

    I absolutely loved it. Bravo!

  20. Grant responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:10pm Reply

    Glorious totally spellbinding

  21. Stunning, and genuinely awesome! Tremendous sincerity and incredible vivacity. I was both saddened and elated by the whole experience. Everyone involved with the event should be proud of their achievement.

  22. John Lloyd responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:22pm Reply

    The best Mimi I've ever seen and heard (and, at 73, I've seen and heard a few). Youth singing youth is magical and Pappano just loves this score from beginning to end. Please come back and sing it again, Nicole. And please, ROH, release it on blu-ray.

  23. Jane responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:27pm Reply

    Superb cast , production and glorious Pappano! Another emotional heater skelter, joy and tears, thank you.

  24. Brenda Pike responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:34pm Reply

    3rd time of seeing this opera but tonight's performance was like the first time What an emotional performance electric chemistry from all the characters.

  25. Gerard Ryan responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:36pm Reply

    Very enjoyable production. Watched it in Scarborough. Really liked the spartan but imaginatively designed garret. Thought Mimi's performance got better from act to act. Rodolfo maybe not quite so much but still enjoyable. Must be about the 12th time I've seen La Boheme in various guises. Still never seen a bad one.

  26. Marian Tindale responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:42pm Reply

    Performance terrific in every way; musically heartbreaking but uplifting. Loved the production.

  27. Shane O'Neill responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:54pm Reply

    Dear ROH team,
    My first time at a live broadcast.
    I have only ever seen Opera singers performing upright in front of a microphone.
    Tonight I saw them act and move beyond belief, and still sing at a level I never understood before.
    I take my hat off to the whole cast.
    And the technical crew that produced this piece of joy.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you,all.
    What an experience.

    Shane O'Neill.
    Dublin, Ireland.

  28. Jos Seitzinger responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:57pm Reply

    Outstanding.... Live in Holland and seen La Boheme in cinema..
    Enjoyed it so much.. Perfect evening..!!

  29. Amanda Marsden responded on 4 October 2017 at 7:18am Reply

    Amazing... but please stop spoiling the plot for us by talking too much. You even revealed musetta's knicker joke before the opera started... this great production was designed for us to discover la boheme fresh and the presentation took some of that away from us.

  30. Ashton Field responded on 4 October 2017 at 7:19am Reply

    Just great production. Thank you all involved in the production and the chance to see this opera in southern Spain.

  31. Sandra Humphery responded on 4 October 2017 at 8:03am Reply

    IT was a truly memorable evening the laughter and tears. Thank you to everyone, living in the north of England it's not possible to attend in London BUT this is the next best thing. Again sincerest thanks.

  32. Johnty responded on 4 October 2017 at 8:22am Reply

    A brilliant production. Mimi's aria of who she is was one of the most moving moments in opera that I have ever seen. Musetta really played the warm hearted tart so well.

    Unfortunately I did feel that act II had so crowded that we missed some of the humorous interactions.

    Overall I am sure we will hear a lot more of these singers.

  33. Lesley-Joy Wood responded on 4 October 2017 at 8:45am Reply

    Magnificent in every aspect. Felt privileged to be part of it in my local theatre. Thank you

  34. Pam Dixon responded on 4 October 2017 at 9:10am Reply

    A stunning performance by all, still overwhelmed the following morning. What an inspiration Antonio Pappano is too for someone watching who is fairly new to live opera. Thanks to all for a wonderful evening.

  35. Robin Stafford responded on 4 October 2017 at 9:23am Reply

    Wonderful performance but shame about the breaks in sound, 6-7 times including right at the end in the very last scene. Guildford Odeon

  36. Janet Warren responded on 4 October 2017 at 10:19am Reply

    Lovely production. I watch in Chateaubriant . The French make it special with wine and canapes in the interval so we can discuss it and meet our fellow ROH supporters. It makes us feel part of this wonderful evening.

  37. James Kellerman responded on 4 October 2017 at 10:19am Reply

    Have been three times to the ROH but the screening of La Boheme was even better than being there. The performance was stunning with remarkably good acting. The filming and sound reproduction superb. I will never miss another and can afford to go out to dine! Well done team ROH.

  38. Douglas Bateman responded on 4 October 2017 at 10:29am Reply

    I am a great admirer of Richard Jones' work in opera. Not quite as cutting-edge as I would usually expect, but still a worthy successor to John Copley's classic production and David McVicar's at Glyndebourne. All three managed to achieve that suspension of disbelief which when it happens makes one understand why opera really is the greatest of the arts.
    Superb cast of principles, but I must make a special mention om Michael Fabbiano's singing of Che gelida mannina, delivering the aria in the conversational manner the composer surely wanted. Listen to the young Caruso who would have known Puccini. And for good measure, the world's finest conductor of verismo at the helm.
    Any chance of the Ring next year. I don't fancy paying £1000 for four tickets again!

  39. Tom Dick responded on 4 October 2017 at 10:37am Reply

    What an amazing experience. I have loved La Boheme for 40 years and this is the best ever. I was distraught at the end. When I asked another member of the audience what she thought - through her tears she said 'I have no words!" We are so privileged to have this experience at our local theatre.

  40. Jennifer Cowan responded on 4 October 2017 at 10:53am Reply

    Simply wonderful performance in every single way !

    Congratulations to everyone at the ROH for such an amazing performance, best ever.

  41. Slater responded on 4 October 2017 at 10:54am Reply

    Just wonderful. Thanks to those who thought to bring live performances to our local cinemas

  42. R Stonhold responded on 4 October 2017 at 11:40am Reply

    A fine performance by the young actors/singers, conducted so well by Antonio Pappano. It was obvious as to the amount of preparation that had gone into rehearsal. There were no apparent glitches, although it would be interesting to hear how the Director and Pappano saw it. As an amateur choral singer, there are always at least one hitch in our performances, although it is usually only obvious to the choir, musicians and conductor; the audience are unaffected.

  43. Joy Wilson responded on 4 October 2017 at 1:02pm Reply

    So fortunate to be included in the audience to watch such a beautiful production. The entire cast were superb - Mimì was exceptional. The love of Puccini showed through!
    The introduction and interval information was great - it was brilliant to see the cast and Antonio Pappano give their insight into their roles and the music - but would have enjoyed it more as a separate event/programme- I like to enjoy the interval absorbing what we have already watched .

  44. Brian Lofts responded on 4 October 2017 at 3:37pm Reply

    Just all round BRILLIANT!!! Thanks again Mr Puccini for the soaring music.

  45. Gillian Hutt responded on 4 October 2017 at 5:08pm Reply

    Just wonderful and moving! The singing was gorgeous and the acting so convincing

  46. Liane Bierau responded on 4 October 2017 at 5:37pm Reply

    I can only make the same all round brilliant comments of above. loved the new production and, of course, more than I can express, everything else. I am probably the only one of all the commentators who saw if live in the House.

  47. David Willey responded on 4 October 2017 at 5:40pm Reply

    Brilliant and moving performance brought all the way to Rome by modern technology. We saw it in a multi screen cinema in the Italian capital’s Northern burbs. Astonished that there were mostly empty seats. Why? Full houses already for the Maestro’s next personal appearance here later this week at the Parco della Musica. Publicity failure? Or sad reflection of musical tastes in the burbs?

  48. Mary Kathleen O'Mahoney responded on 4 October 2017 at 5:44pm Reply

    Couldn't hear it and left during the interval. This happens SO often with ROH productions. Maybe the tech people assume that most of the audience in Henley wear a hearing aid! SUCH a pity when such a wonderful new production cannnot be heard as it is meant to be heard.

  49. David Wiles responded on 4 October 2017 at 6:15pm Reply

    Beautiful close ups of the cast actually playing their parts and not just singing, a great achievement. Singing was beautiful but I would like to be at the opera house to experience the singing live. I have seen the previous production at ROH a few times and even the production before that! The behind scene views of the production were very informative and I hope when the CD is released there will be even more information of the production. Very well done ROH and Pappano

  50. Douglas Bateman responded on 4 October 2017 at 6:47pm Reply

    How many of us who saw that classic John Copley production could have hoped, much less expected this to be it's equal?
    Well I never!

  51. Maria responded on 5 October 2017 at 9:18am Reply

    Awesome!!! Amazing young and fresh cast!
    I really enjoyed it at the cinema in Treviso!

  52. David Hunt responded on 5 October 2017 at 10:27am Reply

    This was a brilliant new production. Whilst there is nothing to quite natch being at the ROH itself; if you cannot get to London the cinema broadcasts are excellent. You also gain some things you may miss at the ROH, like camera close ups of the singers and the stage sets.

    The interviews before the start and during the interval are excellent and helpful.

    I do hope the ROH releases a DVD of this performance in time for Christmas presents!

  53. Marjorie Jones responded on 5 October 2017 at 3:30pm Reply

    I watched the performance from The Light Cinema, New Brighton, Wirral.

    Wow! Stunning performances all 'round. Fantastic piece of work from all the performers - cried so exquisit.

    Thank you so much. xxx

  54. John R responded on 5 October 2017 at 5:16pm Reply

    I was one of those very fortunate people who saw Boheme at the ROH a few days before the cinema relay. Both in the theatre and in the cinema this came across as one of those rare performances of opera where everything comes together perfectly. This was a classic cast which I think can hardly be bettered today and the world should not be deprived of what must be one of the very best performances of this opera. A DVD of this performance must surely be released before too long!

  55. John responded on 6 October 2017 at 2:15am Reply

    I enjoyed it so much on screen in deepest Lincolnshire that I bought a ticket to see it live at ROH next Tuesday. Will catch train to get home at 2am but I know it will be worth it.

  56. Loredana responded on 6 October 2017 at 7:18pm Reply

    Perchè non pubblicate anche i pareri contrari e critici al coro degli entusiasti di qualunqe spettacolo e qualsiasi interpretazione e di voci che non sono certamente straordinarie. Non credete che una sprovvedutae innocente critica, amante delle belle voci e del cantar BENE, non induca qualcuno a pensare con attenzione certe voci che non ci sono più senza che ne siano venute altre di tanta bellezza? Mi risponderete?

  57. Béatrice Hallonet responded on 7 October 2017 at 8:43am Reply

    I have followed your productions for some time now and have always been enchanted; but to me "La Bohème" was the first time I had the impression the singers were performing like the greatest theatre actors. And I was surprised to realise that the two friends who came with me had the same impression.

  58. Kath fitzgibbon responded on 7 October 2017 at 7:57pm Reply

    I loved the beauty and the amazing depth of singing. I was truly moved by the opera. From the beginning to the end I never stopped being enraptured. I loved the smoothness of the different transitions . The scenery was so evocative. Marcelo was beyond amazing. How can you make me cry.

  59. Frances Savage responded on 8 October 2017 at 8:37pm Reply

    It was three hours of pure magic. Superb production and stage effects and above all acting and singing that brought tears to my eyes. How wonderful to have Event Cinema locally it has changed my life. Congratulations to all who were involved.

  60. David Hall responded on 9 October 2017 at 12:24pm Reply

    I saw the performance in the theatre and was not expecting to be moved as I was, I have seen Boheme more times that I care to remember! The live transmission was superb, my one criticism was the showing of "highlights" during the pre-performance chat. For me having seen the production it was not a spoiler but my friends who went with me felt that it spoilt the expectation. This also happened in Zauberflote again spoiling the performance in the cinema. I would much rather just have interviews and discussion but no actual bits of the performance

  61. Odessa Sherreard responded on 9 October 2017 at 9:34pm Reply

    Oh my goodness! I am still buzzing from this, my first live opera streaming.

    Unforgettable, spell binding, and just absolutely amazing. I am HOOKED!

  62. Lyudmila Tsinandova responded on 9 November 2017 at 8:22am Reply

    Fantastic performance! Very emotional. One of the best I've seen.

  63. Susan Holcroft responded on 12 November 2017 at 11:51pm Reply

    The opera itself, the music and performances were breathtaking. The interviews and explanations were distracting and annoying when one wants to be immersed in the experience of La Boheme. Better save the emcee for the end, so that viewers have a choice to experience the purity of the opera alone without the talking heads and hashtags. I won’t be attending ROH at the Cinema in future if I have to sit through all of that.

  64. paula barsamian responded on 28 November 2017 at 8:52pm Reply

    This was definitely an amazing experience for the performances. Other than Musetta, they were all fantastic. The sets and costumes were reminiscent of a high school musicals in that they often looked cheap and did not add to the dramatic effect.

  65. In the end, having first seen it in 1959, this was the best. The simplicity and exact period of the design helped to keep Murger's narrative in place, it is so specific that any other period from 1880 to the space age makes it seem silly.. The slightly queer take on the male relationships and the absolute lack of pathos with the women, the gestures of cold, agitation and discomfort subtly accorded with the conducting to realise Puccini's theatrical brilliance. Sung as it was directed, very fine indeed. Happy not to have paid 174£ for an uncomfortable seat in the ROH, though no fan of the broadcast quality, but then theROH acoustic is so uneven anyway.
    It just remains now to cast Cencic as Mimi, of risk a light baritone in the role.

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