La bohème
  • Edinburgh International Festival

Operas greatest, most heartbreaking love story. La bohme is a sumptuous, visually magnificent new production direct from the Teatro Regio, Turin " the opera house that gave the opera its very first staging, back in 1896. It is conducted by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda and directed by lex Oll.

Amid the towering metal tangles of a city of today, when penniless young writer Rodolfo meets fragile artisan Mim, hes smitten. But can their blazing romance survive the bitter chill of their lives on the edges of society " or can it only flicker and die?

lex Oll, director of Catalan theatre collective La Fura dels Baus, transplants Puccinis poignant masterpiece from its traditional Parisian garret to the fringes of a bracingly modern-day, multicultural metropolis, where the young creators of tomorrow party, bicker and try to live out their dreams.

Olls staggering set fills all three dimensions of the stage with moving edifices of metal " visually stunning in their evocations of the flickering lights of a winter city after dark, and playing out Puccinis poignant love story across several levels at once.

Teatro Regio Torino Music Director Gianandrea Noseda has been critically lauded for his thrillingly dramatic, detailed account that stresses the modernity of Puccinis opulent music. He is joined by an exceptional cast of international singers, led by Russian soprano Irina Lungu as a vulnerable, poetic Mim and Italian tenor Giorgio Berrugi as an ardent Rodolfo.

With its grand theatrical and emotional sweep, Noseda's and Olls La bohme delivers an unforgettable visual feast, shot through with passion and tenderness.

High emotional impact

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