LA BOHÈME
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LA BOHÈME
Giacomo Puccini
1858 - 1924

Opera in four acts
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
First performed February 1st 1896, Teatro Regio, Turin

Sung in Italian with German surtitles
Duration: c. 2 1/2 hrs. incl. one interval

About the work

»There is humanity, feeling, heart. And, above all, there is poetry.« Puccini was immediately taken by the episodic description of ...
»There is humanity, feeling, heart. And, above all, there is poetry.« Puccini was immediately taken by the episodic description of artistic life in Paris written by the French journalist Henri Murger in his Scènes de la vie de bohème. The life of artists, young but poor, that emerges, the life and death of a little seamstress, was completely in keeping with his fondness for the »little things« in life. But it took two years before a libretto was completed that met his requirements. In the opera – his fourth – Puccini’s mastery of condensing reached its apex. In the rapid parlando of passages of dialogue he lays the foundation for emotionally abrupt reversal of circumstances which, combined with the music, invariably moves the audience to tears. Alfred Kirchner’s production strives to provide atmospheric local colour with intentional distancing effects. The production is back at Oper Frankfurt, with a new cast.

Synopsis

Paris. Christmas Eve. Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline and Schaunard share a garret - they are penniless artists. Schaunard, a musician, ...
Paris. Christmas Eve. Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline and Schaunard share a garret - they are penniless artists. Schaunard, a musician, has been paid by an eccentric Englishman to play until his parrot died, which took three days, and so they decide to go to the Latin quarter to celebrate. Rodolfo stays behind to finish some work. Their neighbour, Mimì, knocks on the door. They fall in love and go to join his friends. Marcello sees his former lover Musetta with her rich gentleman friend. Musetto flirts with Marcello and vanishes with him and her friends, leaving their unpaid bill for her elderly gentleman to settle. Two months later: Rodolfo and Mimì have quarelled. She seeks out Marcello to ask his advice. She overhears Rodolfo saying that he knows she is dying of consumption. A few months later: Rodolfo and Marcello are single again. Musetta arrives saying that Mimì has left her rich admirer and is very ill. The friends try and look after her during her final hours… Rodolfo is inconsolable when he finds that she has died.
Performances

Sunday 07.10.2012 19:30 h

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Cast

Conductor
José Luis Gómez
Director
Alfred Kirchner
Assistant for the Revival
Alan Barnes
Set and Costume Designer
Andreas Reinhardt
Lighting Designer
Olaf Winter
Dramaturge
Vera Sturm
Chorus & Children’s Chorus Master
Michael Clark

Rodolfo
Teodor Ilincai
Schaunard
Sungkon Kim
Marcello
Daniel Schmutzhard
Colline
Kihwan Sim
Mimì
Grazia Doronzio
Musetta
Brenda Rae
Benoit
Franz Mayer
Alcindoro
Zoltán Winkler
Parpignol
Francisco Brito
Sergente
Thomas Charrois
Doganiere
Walter Jäkel

Chorus, Children’s Chorus and Orchestra of Oper Frankfurt


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