Thursday, August 12, 2010

PREVIEW: La Boheme with the Opera Hong Kong

Puccini's "La Bohème" will be staged in October. The ever popular opera is set in the Bohemian quarter of Paris, "La Bohème" centres on the tragic love of the poet Rodolfo and the seamstress Mimì. Both living in poverty, they fall in love at first sight in the garret but are separated through Rodolfo's jealousy, and reunited only as Mimì lies dying.

This new production, a joint effort by Opera Hong Kong and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, will be updated to the mid-20th century with a modern Paris setting. Maurizio di Mattia from Teatro dell'Opera di Roma is stage director, and talented conductors Gianluca Martinenghi and Bruno Aprea will conduct alternative performances.

The superb cast includes Jesus Garcia (who played Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme on Broadway) and Alessandro Liberatore as Rodolfo, and Sabina Cvilak (who had a triumphant debut as Mimi in La Bohème at Washington National Opera - 2007/08 season)and Erika Grimaldi as Mimì. Also performing will be the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Hong Kong Chorus and Opera Hong Kong Children Chorus.

Fascinatingly, the matinee performance on October 10 has brought the casting closer to home and will feature talented young vocalists with Xue Haoyin as Rodolfo, Yuki Ip as Mimì, Sun Li as Marcello and Margaret Yim as Musetta. This would be a VERY interesting performance... I have already booked my tickets and I am seeing two performances: the one with Garcia and Cvilak and another one with Xue and Ip.

Puccini's four-act opera "La Bohème" (sung in Italian with Chinese and English subtitles) will be staged at 7.45pm on October 6 to 10 (Wednesday to Sunday), and 2.30pm on October 10 (Sunday), at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

For more information, click on the below link:

Check out Jesus Garcia (the hunky guy by the bedroom window) in this ad of the Baz Luhrmann production of La Boheme for Broadway (2003):

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