3:00pm – Sunday, July 29 on ABC1
If ever there was a love story to break your heart, Puccini’s opera La boh�me is it.
La boh�me ranks with Madama Butterfly as the most frequently performed opera today. In spite of its popularity it is, in its own way, revolutionary, taking the spotlight off the kings, queens, warriors and heroes of 19th century opera to focus on more realistic subjects. The story of a group of young friends – a poet, a writer, a composer and an artist – living in poverty but believing in love. Romance blossoms between the poet Rodolfo and seamstress Mim�, inspiring some of the most touching music ever written.
This Opera Australia (OA) production, directed by Gale Edwards, features soprano Takesha Mesh� Kizart as Mimi and tenor Ji-Min Park as Rodolfo alongside the glamorous Taryn Fiebig as Musetta the cabaret artist, and a stellar cast of young OA talents.
Edwards’s vision sees the bohemians transported to Berlin in 1929 – 100 years after Puccini’s original setting – where the friends, lovers and artists collide in a city on the brink of change during the final throes of the Weimar Republic. She explains, “We chose to set this production in a beautiful yet political world, a world where one can die in the street, where there is no social security, a world teetering on the edge”.
Conductor: Shao-Chia L�, Designers Brian Thomson (set), Julie Lynch (costumes) and John Rayment (lighting).
La boh�me is shown in its entirety with no intervals and sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Screens on ABC2 – Sunday, July 29 at 10.50pm