18 Jun - 11 Jul 2020
Regularly voted as the world’s favourite opera – Puccini’s evocation of life, love and death in Bohemian Paris at the turn of the century has had audiences weeping into their handkerchiefs ever since its premiere in 1896.
When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall passionately in love. But their relationship is turbulent and happiness eludes them.
Some months later Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill and the Bohemian friends do everything in their power to save her. It is too late.
An opera in four acts.
Rodolfo: Cody Austin
Mimì: Ailish Tynan
Marcello: Gyula Nagy
Musetta: Gemma Summerfield
Schaunard: Harry Thatcher
Colline: David Shipley
Alcindoro/Benoît : Andrew Shore
Conductor: Stephen Barlow
Revival Director: Peter Relton
Original Director: Stephen Medcalf
Designer: Jamie Vartan
Movement: Lynne Hockney
Lighting Designer: John Bishop
Sung in Italian with surtitles in English
Music: Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Libretto: Luigi Ilica & Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la Vie de Bohème by Henri Murger 1851
First performance: 1 Feburary 1896, Teatro Regio, Turin
UK première: 22 April 1897, Theatre Royal Manchester, in English, supervised by Puccini
With the Orchestra of English National Opera