THE City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's new music director, Andris Nelsons will celebrate Giacomo Puccini's 150th birthday anniversary with concert performances of the composer's best loved opera, La Bohème on Thursday October 23, 7.30pm, and Saturday October 25, 7pm, at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
The City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus will also join Andris for what will surely be one of the must-see events in Birmingham this year.
Commented Andris Nelsons: "If people wish to experience an opera for the first time, this is definitely one to hear. But it is also irresistible to opera fans - I find the music hauntingly beautiful and I defy anyone to leave the concert with dry eyes. The opportunities to hear opera in Birmingham are few and precious and I know this one will be seized upon by the many opera lovers in the region.''
La Bohème is a story of comedy and passion with a tragic ending. It focuses on the lives and loves of four friends - Rodolfo, a poet, Marcello, an artist, Colline, a philosopher and Schaunard, a musician, - all making a meagre living in 1830's Paris. Complications arise when Rodolfo meets Mimi, a seamstress who suffers from tuberculosis, and Marcello meets a former lover, the cabaret singer Musetta. La Bohème is sung in Italian and offers a score rich in great tunes that has become familiar all over the world.
This melodious and eternally popular opera will feature the talented Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais as Mimi and Czech tenor Pavel Cernoch as her lover Rodolfo.The stellar cast also includes Canadian soprano Erin Wall, starring as Musetta, German baritone Markus Brück as Musetta's love interest, Marcello, and Lithuanian baritone Kostas Smoriginas as Schaunard, the musician.
This passionate story inspired among other things, the musical, Rent by Jonathan Larson and the Oscar award-winning movie, Moulin Rouge.
Tickets to see this acclaimed work are available from the Symphony Hall Box Office, in person, by telephone on 0121 780 3333, or online at www.cbso.co.uk.