According to the libretto, LA BOHÈME is set in the 1830s. But the piece was certainly cutting-edge – if not ahead of its time. Gastón Fournier-Facio, Artistic Director of the Teatro Regio Torino, shares his view of the Puccini masterpiece.
Where to set LA BOHÈME, chronologically speaking? The libretto clearly states 1830s Paris as the setting. But the – then – modern music would suggest a preference for a location nearer to its premiere in 1896.
Puccini actually used his own experiences as a young music student as a blueprint for the young bohemians’ situation. This is what makes the plot of LA BOHÈME believable and the characters so engaging.
In this interview Gastón Fournier-Facio, Artistic Director of the Teatro Regio Torino, shares his views on the question of the epoch of LA BOHÈME and the reasons for staging a modern version. He also offers some insights into the aspects highlighted in Àlex Ollé’s new staging of one of the most popular operas ever written.
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