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La bohème

Giacomo Puccini / Teatro Regio Torino / Gianandrea Noseda / Àlex Ollé
25 - 27 August 2017
Festival Theatre

Opera’s greatest, most heartbreaking love story. La bohème is a sumptuous, visually magnificent new production direct from the Teatro Regio, Turin – the opera house that gave the opera its very first staging, back in 1896. It is conducted by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Àlex Ollé.

Amid the towering metal tangles of a city of today, when penniless young writer Rodolfo meets fragile artisan Mimì, he’s smitten. But can their blazing romance survive the bitter chill of their lives on the edges of society – or can it only flicker and die?

Àlex Ollé, director of Catalan theatre collective La Fura dels Baus, transplants Puccini’s poignant masterpiece from its traditional Parisian garret to the fringes of a bracingly modern-day, multicultural metropolis, where the young creators of tomorrow party, bicker and try to live out their dreams.

Ollé’s staggering set fills all three dimensions of the stage with moving edifices of metal – visually stunning in their evocations of the flickering lights of a winter city after dark, and playing out Puccini’s poignant love story across several levels at once.

Teatro Regio Torino Music Director Gianandrea Noseda has been critically lauded for his thrillingly dramatic, detailed account that stresses the modernity of Puccini’s opulent music. He is joined by an exceptional cast of international singers.

With its grand theatrical and emotional sweep, Noseda's and Ollé’s La bohème delivers an unforgettable visual feast, shot through with passion and tenderness.


High emotional impact

Opera Magazine



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  • Language: 
    Performed in Italian with English supertitles
  • Audio Described:
    26 Aug 3pm
  • Running time: 
    2hrs 30mins approx (one interval)

Venue

Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street,
Edinburgh,
EH8 9FT

Funded by

James and Morag Anderson
through the Edinburgh International
Festival Opera Development Fund

Léan Scully EIF Fund

With additional support from
Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh logo

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    Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica from the novel Scènes de la vie de Bohème by Henri Murger

    25 Aug 7.15pm
    Mimì Erika Grimaldi
    Rodolfo Giorgio Berrugi
    Musetta Kelebogile Besong
    Marcello Simone del Savio 
    Schaunard Benjamin Cho
    Colline Nicola Ulivieri
    Benoît / Alcindoro Matteo Peirone
    Parpignol Gualberto Silvestri
    Customs Sergeant Marco Tognozzi
    Customs Officer Desaret Lyka

    26 Aug 3.00pm
    Mimì Francesca Sassu
    Rodolfo Iván Ayón Rivas
    Musetta Kelebogile Besong
    Marcello Simone del Savio 
    Schaunard Benjamin Cho
    Colline Nicola Ulivieri
    Benoît / Alcindoro Matteo Peirone
    Parpignol Gualberto Silvestri
    Customs Sergeant Marco Tognozzi
    Customs Officer Desaret Lyka

    26 Aug 8.00pm
    Mimì Erika Grimaldi
    Rodolfo Giorgio Berrugi
    Musetta Kelebogile Besong
    Marcello Simone del Savio 
    Schaunard Benjamin Cho
    Colline Nicola Ulivieri
    Benoît / Alcindoro Matteo Peirone
    Parpignol - Gualberto Silvestri
    Customs Sergeant - Marco Tognozzi
    Customs Officer - Desaret Lyka

    27 Aug 7.15pm
    Mimì Erika Grimaldi
    Rodolfo Iván Ayón Rivas
    Musetta Francesca Sassu
    Marcello Simone del Savio 
    Schaunard Benjamin Cho
    Colline Nicola Ulivieri
    Benoît / Alcindoro Matteo Peirone
    Parpignol Gualberto Silvestri
    Customs Sergeant Marco Tognozzi
    Customs Officer Desaret Lyka

    Gianandrea Noseda Conductor
    Claudio Fenoglio Chorus master
    Àlex Ollé Director
    Alfons Flores Set designer
    Lluc Castells Costume designer
    Urs Schönebaum Lighting designer

    New staging Teatro Regio Torino by Amici del Regio
    In collaboration with Alcantara
    In co-production with Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

    Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino


    More information about some of the artists

    Teatro Regio Torino
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    Àlex Ollé
    Website

    Gianandrea Noseda
    Website | Facebook | Twitter

    Irina Lungu
    Website | Facebook | Twitter

    Erika Grimaldi
    Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

    Giorgio Berrugi
    Website | Facebook | Twitter

    Iván Ayón Rivas
    Website

    Kelebogile Besong
    Website

    Massimo Cavalletti
    Website | Twitter

    La bohème | The Times

    October 14th 2016

    a handsome show, with plenty to catch the eye, and it never loses its heart

    Read the full review

    Review by: 

    Neil Fisher
    The Times

    Photo: Virginio Levrio

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