“These Bohemians are anarchic and full of life. Their courage, hope and passion are infectious. They are scoundrels of course, without a care for tomorrow - certainly not when there is wine to be had, a kiss to be stolen and emotions to express. We love them for it - and we reminisce.” Craig Ilott
The most romantic opera of all time, La bohème appeals to devotees and newcomers alike.
Mimì’s love affair with the poet Rodolfo begins on a snowy Christmas Eve in Paris on the cusp of 1914, a year that changes the world forever.
Award winning theatre director Craig Ilott (Smoke & Mirrors) and designer Penny Challen have chosen that last optimistic winter – exactly one hundred years ago - as an electric moment to set Puccini’s beloved story of bohemian life. In this intimate and revealing new production popular conductor Guy Noble directs an ensemble of musicians from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in a chamber orchestration arranged by Richard Gill. It stars some of Queensland’s most exciting young singers as a group of rent-dodging flatmates living and loving precariously on the edge of society.
Two different casts will perform in this year's production of La bohème. Casting information for each performance can be found here.
*Free pre-performance talks about the opera, hosted by John Colwill, commence 45 minutes before each performance and last approximately 20 minutes.
Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University, South Bank
Australian premiere of a new OperaQ production
The performance lasts 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one twenty minute interval.
Images created by Damien Bredberg