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Puccini Festival Replaces Alberto Veronesi for ‘La Boheme’

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(Credit: Giorgio Andreuccetti) The Puccini Festival has announced a conductor change for its new production of “La Bohème.” The company said that Manlio Benzi will replace Alberto Veronesi at the podium. The news comes after Veronesi blindfolded his eyes at the opening night of the production on July 14 in protest of Christophe Gayrel’s production which updated the opera to {…}

Interviews, News

Q & A: Christophe Gayral on the Puccini Festival, ‘La Bohème’ & Updating the Opera

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(Mise en scène Christophe Gayral, Décors Christophe Ouvrard, Costume Tiziano Musetti) On July 14, the Puccini Festival opened with a new production of “La Bohème” directed by Christophe Gayral. The production updated the opera to 1968 during the student protests in France. It was a concept that was presented at the festival in November of 2022 and one that was {…}

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Alberto Veronesi Protests ‘La Bohème’ at Puccini Festival

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The 69th Festival Puccini di Torre del Lago kicked off with major controversy when conductor Alberto Veronesi blindfolded his eyes in order to not see the new production being mounted at the festival. According to reports, the new production of “La Bohème” by Christophe Gayral decided to change the setting to Paris in 1968 in the context of the student {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Vincenzo Milletarì on Conducting Puccini’s ‘La Bohème’ & ‘Tosca’

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(Credit: ©MarcoBorrelli) For conductor Vincenzo Milletarì, it’s all about Puccini at the moment. In April, he conducted “La Bohème” at the Göteborg Opera and this summer he will take on  “Tosca” at the Den Jyske Opera in Aarhus. Known for his work on Italian repertoire and as one of the rising stars of his generation, Milletarì spoke to OperaWire about {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées 2022-23 Review: La Bohème

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(Credit: Vincent Pontet) Making “La Bohème” in Paris is a strenuous task. After Claus Guth’s unpopular sideral production, it became evident that the City of Light’s operagoers are not eager to see overly conceptual approaches to Puccini’s opera. However, no ambitious stage director will merely imitate one of the many Zeffirelli productions. This is why Theatre des Champs-Elysées brought out {…}

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New National Theatre Tokyo to Present ‘La Bohème’

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In a celebration of its 25th anniversary, The New National Theatre – Tokyo (NNTT) will conclude with Puccini’s “La Bohème,” running from June 28 to July 8, 2023. Alessandra Marianelli and Stephen Costello will take the stage as Mimì and Rodolfo, respectively, in a production directed by Aguni Jun and conducted by NNTT Artistic Director Ono Kazushi. Additionally, making her {…}

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‘La Bohème’ to Headline Delaware Valley Opera’s 2023 Season

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Upstate New York-based Delaware Valley Opera is set to kick off its 2023 season this June. The company will open with Jonathan Stinson’s “The Three Bears,” an opera for children. Performance Dates: June 23 & 24, 2023  That will be followed up by four performances of “La Bohème.” Performance Dates: July 15 – 23, 2023  The company will also present {…}

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Opéra National de Paris 2022-23 Review: La Bohème

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(Photo Credit: @Guergana Damianova – OnP) When Claus Guth’s spatial version of “La Bohème” opened in 2017, the Opéra Bastille shook with all the insults it received. Puccini’s opera is often understood as an artefact, and productions will flirt with disaster if they do not depict a snow-globe Paris, crystallized in everyone’s mind. Guth did not abandon a visually beautiful {…}

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Metropolitan Opera 2022-23 Review: La Bohème

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(Credit: Curtis Brown) On April 21, 2023, the Metropolitan Opera opened Puccini’s “La Bohème,” with libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, based on the novel “Scènes de la Vie de Bohème” by Henri Murger. While “Bohème” has been performed over 1,300 times at the Met, this particular production felt like a new dream come to life. The classic staging {…}