Friday, 12 June 2015

Bohème bows out: but why? (ROH La bohème)

Puccini, La bohème (Ettinger cond. Royal Opera)
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The Royal Opera is retiring its veteran Bohème. John Copley. I saw the relay of Wednesday night, and what a delight. A real crowd-pleaser. A set, nearly half a century old, built on a scale and with a solidity which would not be imaginable today even at Covent Garden, still has the ability to charm. The Grange Park  Bohème new this year gave it a biting contemporary edge, in a trendy sort of steam-punk setting. It gave it a believability of one kind. Copley opts for a serious sort of realism. The sorrow is only of a broken heart. An

Overall: fine singing - perfect for an elderly maiden aunt or grandmother. Why are they getting rid of it?

Official page. July performances with a different cast still to come.

Cast and credits
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa
Libretto: Luigi Illica
Director: John Copley
Designs: Julia Trevelyan Oman
Lighting design: John Charlton

Performers
Conductor: Dan Ettinger
Mimì: Anna Netrebko
Rodolfo: Joseph Calleja
Marcello: Lucas Meachem
Musetta: Jennifer Rowley
Schaunard: Simone Del Savio
Colline: Marco Vinco
Benoît: Jeremy White
Alcindoro: Donald Maxwell
Parpignol: Luke Price
Royal Opera Chorus
Concert Master: Sergey Levitin
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

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