Being an artist is the belief that unites the poet Rodolfo, painter Marcello, musician Schaunard and philosopher Colline – a delicate balance between the reality of survival and escape into bohemian world they have created for themselves where art is not what one does but simply how one lives. However, when a young woman arrives who is fatally ill, reality assumes an irresistible power…
In ‘La Bohème’, Giacomo Puccini (1858 –1924) succeeded in transforming emotions into sounds and melodies in a unique way while also achieving the precise depiction of a fictional subculture. While the initial scenes focus on the relaxed amusement and gentle lyricism of falling in love, the entry of disaster is all the more emphatic and shows that behind every life death always remains omnipresent.
Philipp Westerbarkei has proven to be one of the most interesting directors of the young generation with his first productions at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ at Theater Coburg in 2018.
Opera in Four Scenes
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after ‘Scènes de la Vie de Bohème’ by Henri Murger
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