This sensational production of La bohème, the inspired concept of director Gale Edwards, is set in early 1930s Berlin, a city of liberal indulgence, glittering Spiegeltents and glitzy cabaret clubs, where no excess is considered too much. But the world of the Bohemians, romantically playing at being poor, forgets the truth of real poverty and its consequences. Charismatic Jin-Min Park gives a stunning performance as Rodolfo, the poet who falls in love with Mimì, played by Takesa Meshé Kizart, who delivers a dazzling, graceful version of the impoverished working girl. In the Café Momus Taryn Fiebig sings seductively as the beautiful Musetta.
Renowned conductor Shao-Chia Lü draws from the orchestra and chorus a magnificent performance of Puccini's lush score. Lavishly staged and costumed this production is a triumph for Opera Australia.
Sung in Italian with English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Korean subtitles.
|Set Designer||Brian Thomson|
|Costume Designer||Julie Lynch|
|Lighting Designer||John Rayment|
|Assistant Director||Matthew Barclay|
|Rodolfo, a poet||Ji-Min Park|
|Marcello, a painter||José Carbó|
|Colline, a philosopher||David Parkin|
|Schaunard, a musician||Shane Lowrencev|
|Benoit, their landlord||John Bolton Wood|
|Mimì, a seamstress||Takesha Meshé Kizart|
|Parpignol, a toyseller||Benjamin Rasheed|
|Customs Sergeant||Malcom Ede|
|Customs Officer||Clifford Plumpton|
|The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra|
|The Opera Australia Chorus|