Opera Holloway are delighted to be performing Puccini’s La Boheme, a thrilling and passionate love story, as depicted by one of Opera’s true legends. La Boheme depicts the ever-changing fortunes of the lives of four flatmates, reluctant to leave their student days behind them. Conducted by Lewis Gaston and directed by Fiona Williams, we follow the unfolding love story of Mimi and Rudolfo from it’s joyous beginnings to the bitter end. Opera Holloway’s production moves the action to a seaside town, on the south coast in England. Four young men are living the youthful dream, yearning for love and not working too hard. Their flat is run down, they’re content to live on take-aways, they complain when they run out of money and have perfected the art of dodging the landlord. Their lives are filled with trips to the pub, late night dancing and girls.
Until Mimi knocks on the door. Rodolfo opens it, eyes and hands meet and a passionate affair begins. We follow the impoverished lovers as their relationship unfurls on the chilly promenade.
This contemporary new production of Puccini’s classic tear-jerker, captures the raw, consuming power of young love performed in Opera Holloway’s trademark intimate and immediate style.
Critically acclaimed Opera Holloway bring outstanding performances from rising stars and offer high quality entertainment outside of the big cities. Whether an opera aficionado or complete newbie, you will be swept away by this romantic tale, available on your doorstep.
OPERA NOW MAGAZINE ‘An invaluable platform for young opera talent’
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE ‘Enthusiasm for opera that readily transmits itself to the audience’
Henley Standard wrote in a review of 2018 Romeo and Juliet:
‘HENLEY’S Christ Church Centre seems an improbable venue for a staged opera, but minimalist touring opera companies invariably turn space limitations into amazing creative opportunities.
One such example was last Friday’s Opera Holloway production of Vincenzo Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi (his take on Romeo and Juliet). As satisfying an operatic experience as one might enjoy anywhere.’
(includes £1 theatre restoration levy)
Running time: 150 minutes (includes a 20 minute interval)
Enjoy a delicious two-course meal and a glass of wine before the show for an additional £25 per person!