La bohème

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‘TO BE ALONE IN WINTER IS A TERRIBLE THING’

Sometimes love just isn’t enough.

When seamstress Mimì meets the struggling writer Rodolfo they are instantly drawn together. But while Paris is a magical city of love, it’s also a very real place of hardship as the two young Bohemians and their friends soon discover, when not just jealousy but poverty and sickness tear them apart.

In La bohème Puccini created an opera in which ordinary people are elevated to the level of the extraordinary, the tragic, the timeless – transformed by a score that has seduced generations of audiences. Conversational and familiar, atmospheric and emotionally amplified, La bohème paints the complexity of human relationships in all their many shades, framing them with wonderfully vivid, bustling scenes of Parisian life. Comedy and tragedy are woven tightly together in an irresistible flow of melody and drama.

Floris Visser directs an exciting young cast in Glyndebourne’s first new La bohème for over 20 years. Jordan de Souza conducts.

A new production for Festival 2022. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Program and cast

Creative team

Conductor
 Jordan de Souza

Director
Floris Visser

Set Designer
Dieuweke Van Reij

Costume Designer
Jon Morrell

Lighting Designer
Alex Brok

Choreographer
Pim Veulings

Dramaturge
Klaus Bertisch

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus

Cast includes

Rodolfo
Long Long
David Junghoon Kim (7, 10, 14 August)

Mimì
Yaritza Véliz
Gabriella Reyes (7, 10, 14 August)

Marcello
Daniel Scofield
Adrian Timpau (7, 10, 14 August)

Musetta
Vuvu Mpofu
Mariam Battistelli (7, 10, 14 August)

Schaunard
Luthando Qave
Luvuyo Mbundu (7, 10, 14 August)

Colline
Ivo Stanchev

Supported by Handel and Yvonne Evans & Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson

Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne’s founders, John Christie and wife Audrey Mildmay, opened the first Festival here in 1934. Today our world-renowned auditorium and standards of excellence are testament to John’s original ethos: Not just the best we can do but the best that can be done anywhere.


In the years that followed, Glyndebourne continued to be headed by the Christie family, George Christie following in 1962 and then his son Gus, now Executive Chairman, in 2000.

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