A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark; so begins one of the great romances of all opera. Puccini’s glorious masterpiece of youth, passionate love and heartbreak springs to life in this exciting production by Jacqueline Coats. The world of the bohemians in this new production is a stylised one with the feel of snow-clad 1890s Paris, but not tied to one era. Period silhouettes mix with contemporary materials in a wintery setting for a story that remains timeless – how the world changes around the youths as they experience the highs and lows of being in love.
La bohème features the return of some of the most brilliant young New Zealand singers on the international stage - Thomas Atkins, Marlena Devoe, Julien Van Mellaerts, and Amelia Berry - along with Australians Timothy Newton and Nicholas Lester. Tobias Ringborg, who was last in New Zealand for Tosca in 2015, returns to conduct another of Puccini’s great operas.
Whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth, La bohème will remind you what it means to be alive and in love.
You can read the story line here
New Zealand Opera is presenting an audio described performance during its September / October 2018 season of La bohème in both Auckland and Wellington. This is a wonderful way to enjoy the full opera experience with the action onstage described through headsets discreetly throughout the performance. Prior to the performance there will also be an opportunity to take part in a touch tour. New Zealand Opera staff, crew and the audiodescribers will be present to offer assistance as we take you onto the stage to get up close to the set, props and costumes. Guide dogs welcome.
Sunday 23 September, 2.30pm, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Touch tour, 12.30pm prior to the performance
Tuesday 9 October, 6.30pm, The Opera House
Touch tour, 4.30pm prior to the performance
Tickets available via Ticketmaster, 09 970 9754 (Auckland) or 0800 111 999
For those who require it, companion seating is provided free of charge.
Because this is a new production the running time is not yet confirmed but it has an estimate running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes.
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ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
September 13, 15, 19, 21 at 7.30pm
September 23 at 2.30pm
Opera House, Wellington
October 4, 6, 11 at 7.30pm
October 9 at 6.30pm
October 13 at 5pm
Conductor Tobias Ringborg
Director Jacqueline Coats
Set Designer Rachael Walker
Costume Designer Elizabeth Whiting
Lighting Designer Jennifer Lal
Rodolfo Thomas Atkins
Mimì Marlena Devoe
Marcello Nicholas Lester
Musetta Amelia Berry
Schaunard Julien Van Mellaerts
Colline Timothy Newton
Benoît/Alcindoro Barry Mora
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
A New Zealand Opera production