Friday, 25 May, 6:00pm – ONE ONLY
In Italian with subtitles
La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings.
…is Grand, Reviled and Beloved.
New York Times
A masterpiece, traditional in all the good ways.
At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things — a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbour — that make up our everyday lives.
The libretto sets the action in Paris, circa 1830. This is not a random setting, but rather reflects the issues and concerns of a particular time when, following the upheavals of revolution and war, French artists had lost their traditional support base of aristocracy and church. The story centers on self-conscious youth at odds with mainstream society — a Bohemian ambience that is clearly recognizable in any modern urban centre. La Bohème captures this ethos in its earliest days.
USA 2018, 208 min, rated G
(includes two 30 min intermissions)
Live performance opera
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Vocal cast: Nicole Car, Angel Blue, Vittorio Grigolo, Etienne Dupuis & Matthew Rose
The Metropolitan Opera changed the face of theatergoing nearly a decade ago with high-definition simulcasts in movie theaters using a technology associated more with rock concerts and boxing matches than opera. We are very lucky at Arthur’s to be able to offer this sensational bit of culture, art and entertainment to you.