This production, set in the 1990s, tells the story of four poor bohemians living in a rundown loft in the Latin quarter of Paris. Tragic and heartfelt, La Bohème tells the story of Rodolfo, a poet and his friends a painter, musician and philosopher.
Mimì, a fragile seamstress who lives next door, falls in love with Rodolfo. He feigns jealousy in an effort to dissuade her love, believing someone wealthier would be able to help her get better. Mimì's health rapidly declines and finally her friends gather and watch on helplessly as she succumbs, her true love at her side.
This emotionally realistic 'verismo' style opera will carry you away with its melodic richness, big hitting arias and fast moving dialogue.
West Australian Opera Chorus
West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
WESFARMERS ARTS PRE-PERFORMANCE TALKS
Before each performance a brief summary of the opera is provided by guest speaker Annie Patrick. Please join her in the Exhibition Area, Dress Circle Level of His Majesty's Theatre. Talks will commence at 7pm prior to the evening performances at 7.30pm and at 1pm prior to the 1.30pm performance and run for approximately 15 minutes. Talks are open to the general public and bookings are not required.
After the following performances;
Thursday 31 October
Saturday 2 November
Tuesday 5 November
Thursday 7 November
Artistic Director and Conductor of La Boheme Joseph Colaneri will be hosting a post-performance talk in the Exhibition Area, Dress Circle Level of His Majesty's Theatre. Talks will commence 15 minutes after the performance had finished and run for approximately 15 minutes. Talks are open to the general public and bookings are not required.
WESFARMERS ARTS SYNOPSES
To download the Wesfarmers Arts Synopsis and Cast List click here. Courtesy of our Principal Partner Wesfarmers Arts, opera synopses will also be available free in the foyer at the theatre
'Che gelida manina' (What a cold little hand) sung by Rodolfo to Mimì — one of the most famous tenor arias in the opera repertoire.
This recording is used by kind permission of Universal Music Australia.