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La bohème

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Running time: The performance lasts about 2 hours 35 minutes, including one interval

La bohème

Puccini’s passionate opera is conducted by Antonio Pappano and stars a superb young cast including Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano and Mariusz Kwiecień, in a new production by Richard Jones.

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The story

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

Rodolfo is painfully aware that he cannot afford the medicine and care Mimì needs, and so separates from her. As her sickness takes hold Mimì returns to Rodolfo’s garret. They are joyfully reunited – but, despite the care of Rodolfo and his friends, Mimì dies.

Background

Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylized designs.

Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with wonderful music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances here since.

Credits

Music
Giacomo Puccini
Libretto
Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Director
Richard Jones
Designer
Stewart Laing
Lighting designer
Mimi Jordan Sherin
Movement director
Sarah Fahie

Performers

Conductor
Antonio Pappano
Mimì
Nicole Car
Rodolfo
Michael Fabiano
Marcello
Mariusz Kwiecień
Musetta
Nadine Sierra
Schaunard
Florian Sempey
Colline
Luca Tittoto
Benoît
Jeremy White
Alcindoro
Wyn Pencarreg
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Concert Master
Vasko Vassilev
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Cast sheets

Cast sheets will be available here soon.

News and features

To find out more visit the La bohème production page.