Royal Opera: La Boheme
Recorded as live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Tue 18 Feb 7.15pm Book Now
Duration: 155 mins
AGE Rating: Cert 12A
Under 18s £10
Puccini’s music and Richard Jones’s production capture the joy and heartache of young love in Paris.
Richard Jones perfectly captures the blend of tragedy and comedy in La bohème, and provides an acute analysis of Puccini’s young would-be artists and their lovers, the soulful Mimì and spirited Musetta. Spectacular designs by Stewart Laing evoke both the poverty of the bohemians’ attic home and the splendour of Paris’s shopping arcades on Christmas Eve.
Puccini’s score is one of his most beautiful, with highlights including Rodolfo and Mimì’s introductory arias and love duet in Act I, ebullient music for the chorus and soloists in Act II, and Mimì’s poignant death scene, over which the composer himself wept.