In the place of its first performance, LA BOHÈME returns to Teatro Regio Torino to open its 2016-2017 season. This 120th anniversary production is directed by Àlex Ollé, the celebrated director of La Fura dels Baus, and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, music director of the Regio.
‘Puccini is dollar’ was the view of Latvian National Opera’s chief at the end of his sold-out VIVA PUCCINI festival in Riga.
Highlights from their Puccini Gala complement the showcase staging of his most popular opera LA BOHEME from Oslo, along with a longer extract of his first great success MANON LESCAUT from Brussels and a complete performance of his only comedy GIANNI SCHICCHI from Lyon. Together they show his unrivalled gift of melody which speaks directly to the heart. His motto was: ‘I want to make people weep: therein lies everything.’
Cio-Cio-San becomes an old ghost, a storyteller who is fated to tell her tale over and over again, in La Monnaie’s new MADAMA BUTTERFLY. The Danish collective Hotel Pro Forma, known for their stunning theatrical productions, present their new take on the beloved Puccini classic.
MADAMA BUTTERFLY remains one of the most beloved Puccini operas – and one of his most difficult works for contemporary directors as it touches topics such as colonialism and male dominance. Kirsten Dehlholm, founder of the Danish artistic collective Hotel Pro Forma, talks about her vision for a modern approach to the opera and its heroine.
It was 1896 when Giacomo Puccini presented the world première of LA BOHÈME at Teatro Regio di Torino, fifty years after the publication of SCÈNES DE LA VIE DE BOHÈME by Henri Murger, published in instalments between 1845 and 1849 on the literary journal LE CORSAIRE.