Renowned director/designer team Renaud Doucet and André Barbe return to Scottish Opera in May with a new production of Giacomo Puccini’s ravishing classic, La bohème.
Set in the flea markets of Paris, the production is inspired by the Jazz Age of Josephine Baker, and is full of Doucet and Barbe’s trademark colour, character and style.
Scottish Opera Music Director, Stuart Stratford, conducts Hye–Youn Lee as the fated Mimi, and Luis Gomes, winner of 2015’s Grand Prize at Verbier Festival Academy, as Rodolfo. Joining them are David Stout as Marcello, Jeanine De Bique as Musetta, Božidar Smiljani? as Schaunard, Damien Pass as Colline and Jonathan Best as Alcindoro/Benoît.
Alex Reedijk, Scottish Opera’s General Director commented:
‘La bohème is always an audience favourite, with beautiful music and heart-wrenching tragedy. Renaud and André create engaging, colourful and gorgeous productions that bring the emotions of the characters to the fore. I love their setting of the production in 1920’s Paris and all the images that conjures up – it’s romantic, yet also illuminates the contrast between the wealthy and the aspirations of those still trapped in post World War One poverty, and that gives a particular truthfulness to their vision.’
During the run, audiences will also have the chance to attend La bohème Unwrapped, free one-hour tasters delving further in to the show and how it was created, as well as Pre-show Talks. Those who are visually impaired can enjoy the full opera experience at audio-described performances, which have live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music. Scottish Opera is also staging two dementia friendly performances of La bohème: one at Theatre Royal Glasgow on May 13, and one in collaboration with Festival Theatre Edinburgh on June 3. These specially abridged performances have a running time of one hour 45 minutes including an interval, and are carefully designed to make the theatrical experience more accessible to people living with dementia.