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 English with subtitles projected above the stage.Performers Natalya Romaniw (Mimi), Jonathan Tetelman (Rodolfo), Nicholas Lester (Marcello), Nadine Benjamin (Musetta), David Soar (Colline), David Ireland (Colline - Jan19 29/Feb19 2/7/9), Bozidar Smiljanic (Schaunard), Matthew Durkan (Schaunard - Jan19 29/Feb19 2/7/9/12/14/16/20/22), Simon Butteriss (Benoit/Alcindoro).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giacosa. Lyrics Illica. Book by Murger. Producer English National Opera. Conductor Alexander Joel. Conductor Valentina Peleggi (Feb19 20/22). Director Jonathan Miller. Director Natascha Metherell (Revival Director). Design Isabella Bywater). Lighting Kevin Sleep (Revival Lighting Designer). Translation Amanda Holden.