The Outdoor Stage of the Nagyerdő |Nagyerdei Szabadtéri Színpad, Debrecen, Nagyerdő.
Puccini: La boheme
Live broadcast from The London Royal Opera House
A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera. This also is an upbeat to our regular live opera and classical broadcasts, starting from June at The Outdoor Stage of The Nagyerdő to be followed indoors from September at Apolló Cinema.
Why not come and enjoy the warm summer evenings with the best classical tunes from one of the most celebrated opera sanctuaries, the London Royal Opera House?
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Director: John Copley
Conductor: Dan Ettinger
Mimì: Anna Netrebko
Rodolfo: Joseph Calleja
Marcello: Lucas Meachem
Musetta: Jennifer Rowley
Schaunard: Simone Del Savio
Colline: Marco Vinco
Benoît: Jeremy White
Alcindoro: Ryland Davies
Parpignol: Luke Price
Chorus: Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall passionately in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.
Rodolfo, painfully aware that he cannot afford the medicine and care Mimì needs, separates from her. At the end of her life Mimì returns to Rodolfo's garret. They ecstatically embrace – but, despite the care of Rodolfo and his friends, Mimì dies.
La bohème had a lukewarm reception at its premiere in 1896, but its fortunes almost immediately changed. Giacomo Puccini's romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences round 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 500 performances here since.
John Copley's production 1974 production, with wonderfully detailed designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, brings Paris of the 1830s to life – everything from the lively Latin Quarter, where hawkers and traders ply their wares, to a drafty attic where impoverished artists live hand-to-mouth. Rodolfo and Mimì's love story is given moving expression through Puccini's score, from their first meeting in Act I (a scene which contains some of the composer’s most exquisite arias and duets) to their poignant reunion in Act IV. These moments of emotional intensity are contrasted with the colourful spectacle of the Café Momus and surrounding streets in Act II, where Puccini presents a cross-section of Parisian society in all its noise and vibrancy. Running time
About 2 hours 55 minutes | Including two intervals. Acts One and Two will last for about 1 hour 5 minutes, followed by a 25 minute interval. Act Three will last for about 28 minutes followed by a 20 minute interval. Act Four will last for about 35 minutes.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles