Richard Jones’s production of Puccini’s La bohème returns to The Royal Opera for its second revival, following two runs of performances in the 2017/18 Season. The production features lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin, movement direction by Sarah Fahie and set and costume designs by Stewart Laing that evoke both the poverty of the bohemians’ attic home and the splendour of Paris’s shopping arcades and cafés on Christmas Eve.
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. Puccini’s opera of love, bohemian life and death in 19th-century Paris contains some of his most beautiful arias, duets and ensembles. It has received more than 500 performances at the Royal Opera House since it received its Covent Garden premiere in 1897.
La bohème is conducted by two French conductors in this revival. Emmanuel Villaume made his Royal Opera debut in 2000 with Les Contes d’Hoffmann. He has since returned to conduct La rondine, Manon and Tosca. He shares duties with Ariane Matiakh, who makes her Royal Opera debut.
All the main roles are double and in some cases triple-cast. American tenor and Royal Opera regular Charles Castronovo and Chilean-American tenor Jonathan Tetelman, making his Royal Opera debut, sing Rodolfo. They are joined by Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, Russian soprano Ekaterina Siurina and Italian soprano Eleonora Buratto who share the role of Mimì. Polish baritone Andrzej Filonczyk and Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko (in his Royal Opera debut) share the role of Marcello, and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina (in her Royal Opera debut), Romanian-born British soprano Simona Mihai and Russian soprano Vlada Borovko sing Musetta, a role both Mihai and Borovko sang in the 2017/18 Season. Other cast members include Hungarian baritone and former Jette Parker Young Artist Gyula Nagy and Italian baritone Alessio Arduini as Schaunard, and Slovakian bass Peter Kellner and Argentine bass Fernando Radó as Colline.
La bohème opens at the Royal Opera House on 10 January 2020, with subsequent performances on 14, 17, 20, 23, 29 and 31 January and 3, 5, 7, 11 and 13 February 2020.
The production will be broadcast live to cinemas throughout the UK and further afield on Wednesday 29 January at 8pm.
La bohème (#ROHboheme)
10, 14, 17, 20, 23 January at 7.30pm, 29 January at 8pm, 31 January and 3 February at 7.30pm, 5 February at 8pm, 7 February at 12 noon and 11 and 13 February at 8pm.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Generous philanthropic support from The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund
A co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid, and Lyric Opera of Chicago
Tickets available from the Royal Opera House website and box office
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Music Giacomo Puccini
Libretto Giuseppe Giacosa
Director Richard Jones
Designer Stewart Laing
Lighting designer Mimi Jordan Sherin
Movement director Sarah Fahie
Revival director Julia Burbach