Thursday, 13 December 2012

La Boheme (opera)

La Boheme is one of the most often performed operas. Composed by Giacomo Puccini, the libretto was written by Luigi Illica and Guiseppe Giacosa. The plotline is based on an Henri Murger novel, Scenes de la vie de boheme, stories of young bohemians living in the Latin quarter of Paris in the 1840s, and probably also draws upon Puccini's own student escapades to provide some of the humour. The opera was first performed in Turin, Italy in February 1896, and quickly became a success with several other companies putting on the work over the next few years.

The Royal Opera House production has been designed by Julia Trevelyan Oman and directed by John Copley. The orchestra will be conducted by Mark Elder. A romantic tale of two couples, La Boheme is one of the great love stories. Seamstress Mimi (Maija Kovalevska) and writer Rodolfo (Rolando Villazon) fall in love with each other at Christmas time but their immediate happiness does not seem built to last. Mimi becomes sick and Rodolfo is not able to control his jealousy. Their friends, Musetta (Stefania Dovhan) and Marcello (Audun Iversen) help the stricken couple to restore their love but they eventually realise that they cannot live either with or without each other.

Cineworld, Tue 15th Jan, 19:15.
Tickets £17 (concessions £13.50). Available online, by calling 0871 200 2000 or in person at the Ticket Office.