La Bohème

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Projection Realisers // Opera

Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University 12 July – 2 Aug, Queensland Regional Tour 9 Aug- 4 Sept

An Opera Queensland production

“These Bohemians are anarchic and full of life. Their courage, hope and passion are infectious. They are scoundrels of course, without a care for tomorrow – certainly not when there is wine to be had, a kiss to be stolen and emotions to express. We love them for it – and we reminisce.” Craig Ilott

The most romantic opera of all time, La bohème appeals to devotees and newcomers alike.

Mimì’s love affair with the poet Rodolfo begins on a snowy Christmas Eve in Paris on the cusp of 1914, a year that changes the world forever.

Award winning theatre director Craig Ilott (Smoke & Mirrors) and designer Penny Challen have chosen that last optimistic winter – exactly one hundred years ago – as an electric moment to set Puccini’s beloved story of bohemian life. In this intimate and revealing new production popular conductor Guy Noble directs an ensemble of musicians from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in a chamber orchestration arranged by Richard Gill. It stars some of Queensland’s most exciting young singers as a group of rent-dodging flatmates living and loving precariously on the edge of society.

Opera Queensland’s La Bohème 2014 – production images by Stephanie Do Rozario

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Conductor // Guy Noble
Director // Craig Ilott
Designer // Penny Challen
Lighting Designer // David Walters
Projection Realisers // optikal bloc
Animation // Griffith University