January 2020

La Bohème

Award-winning opera producer Ellen Kent brings one of the most romantic operas ever written, La Bohème, to the Ipswich Regent Theatre in February as part of her new tour. Set in the backstreets and attics of Bohemian Paris, this powerful and emotional opera tells the heart-breaking tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer, Rodolfo.

Puccini’s masterpiece, La Bohème, is based on Henri Murger’s novel Scenes De La Vie De Bohème. The sumptuous set is inspired by the art of the Bohemian period, particularly Chagall and Renoir. The set reflects the Bohemian art of the times and the authentic costumes will transport you immediately to Bohemian Paris. The production includes a brass band, snow effects and Musetta’s adorable dog will also make an entrance.

The powerful and emotional La Bohème is the tragic tale of romance between seamstress Mimi and writer Rodolfo. After falling instantly in love, Rodolfo later leaves Mimi due to her flirtatious behaviour, though he is wracked with guilt since their life together has surely worsened Mimi’s delicate constitution. In true tragic opera fashion the pair reunite briefly at the end before Mimi dies. This classic story of Parisian love and loss features many famous arias including Your Tiny Hand is Frozen, They Call Me Mimi and Musetta’s Waltz. 

Ellen’s production of the extreme poverty in the backstreets and attics of Paris was inspired by reading George Orwell’s book Down and out in Paris. Elena Dee will share the role of Mimi with celebrated international soprano Alyona Kistenyova and Marina Tonina is taking the role of Musetta. The production also boasts a full orchestra and chorus. Opera fans can also see another of Ellen Kent’s productions in Ipswich on March 14 with the tragedy, Madama Butterfly featuring international soloists, full chorus and orchestra at The Regent.

Ipswich Regent Theatre

19 February


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