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Puccini’s music and Richard Jones’s production capture the joy and heartache of young love in Paris.
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Director: Richard Jones
Starring: Sonya Yoncheva, Charles Castronovo, Andrzej Filończyk, Aida Garifullina
Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept.
Richard Jones’s character-led production perfectly captures La bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy, with striking designs by Stewart Laing.
The cast features some of the greatest interpreters of Puccini’s bohemian lovers performing today, as well as former members of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.