Win tickets: Be among the first to see new version of La Bohème screened live at the Odeon
PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 October 2017
2017 ROH. Photographed by Catherine Ashmore
A new production of Puccini's La Bohème will be screened in Weston-super-Mare, broadcast live from the Royal Opera House.
Acclaimed director Richard Jones is directing the new version of the witty and tragic opera, replacing a staging of the show first seen in 1974.
The story focuses on a group of young artists struggling to get by on the bohemian fringes of Paris.
It centres around Rodolfo, a penniless poet, who meets the seamstress Mimi.
They fall instantly in love, but their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns Mimi is gravely ill.
The original story is thought to have originated from Henri Murger’s book Scènes De La Vie De Bohème, a series of vignettes focusing on young bohemians living in Paris in the 1840s.
Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with its memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world.
It has become one of the world’s best-loved operas since it was first staged in Covent Garden in 1897, where it has since had more than 500 performances.
This will be the Royal Opera House company’s first new version of the piece since 1974.
Jones is responsible for replacing the much-loved John Copley version, which was retired in 2015, and is working alongside musical director Antonio Pappano. They have previously collaborated on the Puccini triptych Il Trittico.
La Bohème, live from the Royal Opera House in London, will be shown at the Odeon in Weston, in The Centre, on October 3 at 7.15pm.
The Mercury has teamed up with the Odeon to offer two lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to watch it.
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