An Olivier-award winning opera company, English Touring Opera (ETO) returns to Perth this May with a new production of Puccini’s masterpiece La bohème.
Performed on Thursday 21 May at Perth Concert Hall, La bohème is sung in full costume, in Italian with English surtitles, accompanied by ETO’s chorus and 25-piece orchestra.
One of the greatest and most moving operas of all time, La bohème is a story of young love, starting on Christmas Eve in a Parisian garret. On this festive, snowy night the lovers Mimi and Rodolfo draw close, but poverty and ill-health force them apart.
The production features a group of 12 young local singers from Oakbank School in Perth, recruited especially for ETO’s tour to sing a children’s chorus of street urchins.
La bohème is performed at Perth Concert Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 21 May 2015.
James Conway, General Director of ETO, said: ‘La bohème is the ideal first opera, and one to which everyone loves to return - a nostalgic look at the pathos and folly of youth. It is a romance which has music of great power, drawing out the very best of that remarkable thing, the human voice.’
ETO’s season also continues the company’s record of work for younger audiences, with two new productions touring to schools in the region.
Shackleton’s Cat, designed for children aged 7-11, is based on the true story of the tabby cat that accompanied Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-16 Antarctic expedition, and incorporates elements of the geography and history curriculum. Waxwings is a new interactive opera for children with severe special educational needs, based on the story of flight and the myth of Icarus.