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Opens: 01/06/2012 Closes: 01/12/2012 UK tourNigh 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
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...
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...
The Observer“A thing of joy...” Arden takes few liberties with the story yet tells it powerfully, which is the best you can ask...
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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