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About La Boheme - English National Opera
Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henri Murger
29 October – 6 December | 14 performances | Running time: 2hrs 15mins
La Bohème is one of opera’s greatest love stories, tracing the doomed relationship between the impoverished poet Rodolfo and his seamstress girlfriend Mimì. From the lyrical beauty of such arias as ‘Your tiny hand is frozen’ to the horrors of Mimì’s consumptive death, the emotional sweep of Puccini’s score never fails to move.
Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed production, with its stylish, realistic designs by long-standing collaborator Isabella Bywater, retains the original Parisian setting, but moves the period forward to the city’s demimonde of the 1930s, as captured in the photography of Cartier-Bresson, Kertesz and, most notably, Brassaï. As Miller has remarked, "Puccini’s operas are really like movies, and La bohème is the most natural and believable of them all."
Angel Blue, a sensational Musetta in the production’s 2013 revival, makes her role debut as Mimì, while David Butt Philip makes his ENO debut as Rodolfo, a role he sang to great acclaim for Glyndebourne on Tour. ENO Harewood Artist George von Bergen graduates to Marcello, having previously sung the role of Schaunard, while long-standing company favourite Andrew Shore takes the cameo roles of Benoit and Alcindoro.