|Wed 29th January||7.45pm|
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Approximate running time: about 2 hours 30 minutes
Movement director Sarah Fahie
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept. Richard Jones’s character-led production perfectly captures La bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy, with striking designs by Stewart Laing. The cast features some of the greatest interpreters of Puccini’s bohemian lovers performing today, as well as former members of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.
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.
Co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and Lyric Opera of Chicago
Music Giacomo Puccini
Libretto Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Conductor Emmanuel Villaume
Director Richard Jones
Designer Stewart Laing
Lighting designer Mimi Jordan Sherin
Mimì Sonya Yoncheva
Rodolfo Charles Castronovo
Marcello Andrzej Filończyk
Musetta Aida Garifullina
Schaunard Gyula Nagy
Colline Peter Kellner
All times listed are the programme start time unless otherwise stated. Films start approx 30 mins after the programme start time.