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La boheme

Opens: 01/06/2012 Closes: 01/12/2012 UK tour
Nigh on 120 years after its premiere performance, La bohème is still going strong, being the world's fourth most frequently performed opera. Presenting a twist on the venerable classic is the (rare) guiding hand of a female director, Annabel Arden, setting the piece in Edwardian Paris. The WNO's ex-musical director Carlo Rizzi conducts Puccini's hymn to hedonism. For more information visit: http://www.wno.org.uk/boheme Buy: http://www.wno.org.uk/boheme/venues-and-performances
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The Arts Desk“Touching and to the point...” In its barrenness, there is the faintest hint of a symbolic point about the death of the heart, except that, here especially, the heart doesn’t die but somehow outlives the squalor and the seeming futility of young love...
 
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The Telegraph“A triumph without tricks...” Nothing seems faux or grafted. But Arden’s unassertive direction makes the joy and disillusion of these young people real and their tragedy immediate...
 
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The Observer“A thing of joy...” Arden takes few liberties with the story yet tells it powerfully, which is the best you can ask...
 
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Guardian“Captures an atmosphere that is true to Paris...” Arden has realised a nice complicity in the quartet of artist, poet, philosopher and musician, their poverty offset by idealism and bonhomie...
 
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