Mid Wales Opera to Present ‘La Bohème’

By David Salazar

Mid Wales Opera is set to present “La Bohème” starting on March 5, 2022.

The famed Puccini masterpiece will star tenor Robyn Lyn Evans as Rodolfo, soprano Galina Averina as Mimì, baritone Philip Smith as Marcello, and soprano Mari Wyn Williams as Musetta. Dan D’Souza, Emyr Wn Jones, and Wyn Pencarreg will round out the cast as Shaunard, Colline, and Benoit / Alcindoro / Customs Office, respectively.

Jonathan Lyness will conduct the Ensemble Cymru in his reduced orchestration with an English translation provided by Richard Studer, who will also direct.

“’La bohème,’ Puccini’s fourth opera, was premiered in February 1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turin, conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini. Fifty years later, aged 78, Toscanini conducted it again in a famous performance with New York’s NBC Symphony Orchestra. I conducted La bohème for the first time aged 28 in a venue somewhat smaller than the Teatro Regio – the tiny Italianate cloisters of Iford Manor in Wiltshire in one of that venue’s earliest summer opera seasons. Perhaps I’ll conduct it again when I’m 78,” said Mid Wales Opera Music Director Jonathan Lyness.

The March 5 performance will take place at Hafren, Newtown and will be followed by eight subsequent performances around Wales with the final one coming on March 29 at The Octagon in Yeovil.