La Boheme: English National Opera:
La Boheme: English National Opera plays at London Coliseum
St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Seating chart & directions
Puccini's gift for writing emotional music is brought to the fore in La boheme
, a tale of doomed love in poverty-stricken Paris. One of the world's most recognised and widely performed operas, it focuses on two central relationships: that of the poet Rodolfo, who falls in love with the pretty but consumptive seamstress Mimi; and the painter Marcello, who has a glamorous and popular on-off mistress, Musetta.
Jonathan Miller's production for ENO has quickly become a company classic and here receives its second revival since its 2009 premiere. Inspired by Brassai's photographs of the Paris Left Bank in the 1930s, Miller modernises the original bohemian setting to evoke the stark poverty of the day, creating a highly effective contemporary resonance, citing the film Withnail and I as an inspiration. Playing Mimi is Kate Valentine and Gwyn Hughes Jones returns to the role of Rodolfo.
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