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. Sung in Italian with surtitles. Approx. run time 2hrs 30minsPerformers Rebecca Evans (Mimi), Naomi Harvey (Mimi - Jun 5), Gwyn Hughes Jones (Rodolfo), Jason Howard (Marcello, David Stout (Schaunard), David Soar (Colline).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giacosa. Lyrics Illica. Book by Murger. Company Welsh National Opera. Director Goran Jarvefelt. Design Michael yeargan. Lighting John Waterhouse.