2019 / 2020 Season
The power of Musical and Classic Theatre from the World’s Great Stages.
Introduced by David Langlois
Monday, September 23 at 7.30 pm – Amazing Grace
Saturday, October 19 at 2 pm – Madama Butterfly, Royal Opera
Saturday, November 16 at 2.00 pm – The Tempest, Stratford
Saturday, December 7 at 2.00 pm – The Nutcracker, Bolshoi Ballet
January 11, La Boheme, Royal Opera
February 8, Giselle, Royal Ballet
March 30, Otello, Royal Opera
April 11, Messiah
La bohème Saturday, January 11, 2.00 pm
Stage Director, Richard Jones perfectly captures the blend of tragedy and comedy in La bohème, and provides an acute analysis of Puccini’s young would-be artists and their lovers, the soulful Mimì and spirited Musetta. Spectacular designs by Stewart Laing evoke both the poverty of the bohemians’ attic home and the splendour of Paris’s shopping arcades on Christmas Eve. Music Director Antonio Pappano captures the depth of Puccini’s score, one of his most beautiful, with highlights including Rodolfo and Mimì’s introductory arias and love duet and the ebullient music for the chorus and soloists in the Paris Café. La bohème is currently one of the best-loved operas worldwide, and the opera most performed at the Royal Opera House.
Why do we show opera? Because it is unique in the theatre arts: comedy, tragedy, pathos, life, love, death, loss, passion, joy and anger – all in a single art form that comes closest to expressing pure emotion. The combination of dramatic narrative, stagecraft and music, and especially the range and vulnerability of the human voice, is unparalleled by any other. Come and share with us this most wonderful of human talents. David Langlois