La Boheme - English National Opera at London Coliseum in London
|Doors Open||Friday 31 May 2013 at 7:00 PM|
|Starts||Friday 31 May 2013 at 7:30 PM|
Booking Period Monday 29 April to Saturday 29 June 2013
Puccini's gift for writing emotional music is brought to the fore in La Bohème's tale of doomed love in poverty-stricken Paris. One of the world's most recognised and widely performed operas, it focuses on two central relationships: that of the poet Rodolfo, who falls in love with the pretty but consumptive seamstress Mimi; and the painter Marcello, who has a glamorous and popular on-off mistress, Musetta.
Jonathan Miller's production for ENO has quickly become a company classic and here receives its second revival since its 2009 premiere. Inspired by Brassa's photographs of the Paris Left Bank in the 1930s, Miller modernises the original bohemian setting to evoke the stark poverty of the day, creating a highly effective contemporary resonance, citing the film Withnail and I as an inspiration. Playing Mim is Kate Valentine, who in recent seasons has played the Countess in Fiona Shaw's production of The Marriage of Figaro and an 'excellent' (The Times) Helena in Christopher Alden's Olivier Award-nominated A Midsummer Night's Dream. Gwyn Hughes Jones returns to the role of Rodolfo following his great success in ENO's 2010 production, and recent acclaimed Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly.
Running time 2hrs 15 mins
Signed performances Tuesday 14th May
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