The moment Mimì knocks on the door of her neighbour Rodolfo sparks the start of a journey which will take the couple – and the audience – from the irrepressible joy of their burgeoning love affair through to the unbearable heartbreak at their separation by death. Only the stoniest of hearts could fail to be moved by this timeless story.
This visually spectacular, contemporary new production sees the return of sought-after Australian director Benedict Andrews to ENO, directing one of the most vibrant and exciting young casts to be seen on the London operatic stage. His work was most recently seen in London with the Young Vic’s award-winning production of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson, the fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history. A Streetcar Named Desire is transferring to Broadway in April 2016.
Opera’s greatest love story comes to the London Coliseum in Benedict Andrew’s new interpretation
Leading the cast will be superstar soprano Corinne Winters as Mimì. She launched her European career with “dauntless brilliance” (Daily Telegraph) in 2013 as Violetta in Peter Konwitschny’s ENO production of La traviata. She returned to the company in 2014 to sing the role of Teresa in Terry Gilliam’s five-star production of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini.
Performing at ENO for the first time, internationally celebrated American tenor Zach Borichevsky will sing the role of Rodolfo.
ENO Harewood Artist Rhian Lois will make her house debut as the feisty and beautiful Musetta. An ENO audience favourite, in the 2014/15 season she “sparkled” (Daily Telegraph) as Atalanta in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Xerxes, created the role of the Younger Woman in the world premiere of composer Tansy Davies’s first opera Between Worlds, and reprised the role of Frasquita in Carmen.
Puccini’s soaring vocal lines and sumptuous orchestration will be conducted by Xian Zhang, the highly gifted Italian repertoire specialist who made her ENO debut with La bohème in 2007.
Opens Monday 16 October 2015 at the London Coliseum (14 performances)
La bohème opens at the London Coliseum on 16 October 2015 for 14 performances – Oct 16, 21, 23, 29, Nov 4, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 24, 26 at7.30pm
Oct 31 at 3pm & Nov 7 at 6.30pm
Pre-performance talk: 23 Oct, 5.15-6pm, £5 (£2.50 concessions)
An Opera Undressed performance of La bohème will take place on 21 October 2015 at 7.30pm.
See www.eno.org/undressed for more information.