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Puccini's most enduring opera. The story of the love of the poor poet Rodolfo for the consumptive seamstress Mimi. Set in the Latin Quarter of Paris the course of their love is constantly threatened by Rodolfo's jealousy and Mimi's illness. The painter Marcello and the provocative Musetta are the other main characters. This is where 'your tiny hand is frozen' comes from and the last few bars, as Rodolfo realises Mimi is dead, are some of opera's most moving moments. Revival. Ford and Plazas share the role of Mimi and Gavin and Hudson that of Rodolofo.Performers Sandra Ford (Mimi), Mary Plazas (Mimi from Jan 18), Julian Gavin (Rodolfo), John Hudson (from Jan 18), Mary Plazas, John Hudson, Ashley Holland (Marcello), Elizabeth Woollett (Musetta), Dean Robinson (Colline), Mark Beesley (Colline from Jan 18), David Kempster (Schaunard), Christopher Booth-Jones (Schaunard from Jan 18), Alcindoro (Richard Angas).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giacosa. Lyrics Illica. Book by Murger. Conductor Michale Lloyd. Conductor Mark Shanahan (from Jan 18). Director Steven Pimlott. Design Tobias Hoheisel. Costume Ingeborg Bernerth. Lighting Hugh Vanstone. Choreographer Barry Atkinson. Translation Jeremy Sams.
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