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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. RevivalPerformers Rhys Meirion (Rodolfo), Julian Gavin (Rodolfo Oct 19/26/31 Nov 2), Linda Richardson (Mimi), Sandra Ford (Mimi from Oct 19), David Kempster (Marcello), Iain Paterson (Colline), Leslie John Flanagan (Schaunard), Toby Stafford-Allen (Schaunard from Oct 19), Sandra Zeltzer (Musetta), Richard Angas (Alcindoro).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giacosa. Lyrics Illica. Book by Murger. Company English National Opera. Director Steven Pimlott (original director). Director Michael Walling (revival director). Design Tobias Hoheisel. Costume Ingeborg Bernerth. Lighting Hugh Vanstone. Choreographer Barry Atkinson. Translation Jeremy Sams.
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