In short

Legendary aria
Giacomo Puccini based his opera on Henri Murger’s book Scènes de la vie de bohème about the lives of young, struggling Parisian artists. In La bohème the composer turned everyday emotions into great art, writing sensitive passages with the legendary climactic aria ‘Che gelida manina’, the moment the lead characters Rodolfo and Mimì discover their love for one another.

Behind the scenes - La Bohème
Watch the choir De Kickers rehearse.

Background

The internationally renowned conductor Renato Palumbo makes his Dutch National Opera debut, as do the prominent director Benedict Andrews and, as decor designer, the visual artist Johannes Schütz. Debutes with DNO as well for the two leads: Atalla Ayan (Rodolfo) and Grazia Doronzio (Mimì). The popular Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans (Papageno in Die Zauberflöte) returns as the musician Schaunard.

©Monika Rittershaus
©Monika Rittershaus
©Monika Rittershaus
©Monika Rittershaus
©Monika Rittershaus

Production

Benedict Andrews
The sought-after Australian director Benedict Andrews (Adelaide, 1972) has received Olivier Award, London Critics Circle Award and the Helpmann Award. He has directed for the stage − with top actresses such as Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert − but also opera, including Le nozze di Figaro, Macbeth, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Caligula. Andrews is known for his provocative approach to standard as well as less familiar repertoire.

Coproduction with English National Opera, Londen.