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LA BOHÈME

LA BOHÈME

A classic among the classics, this is one of the most often staged operas in the world. From its very first performance, it spurred powerful emotions and moved viewers to tears. Seen for the first time, it tells the story of innocent love and sadness following the loss of a loved one and the passing of youth. With each revisit, it reveals deep emotional overtones hidden in symbolic stage gestures. Even Puccini himself was so deeply moved when playing the poignant chords accompanying the heroine’s death as if he had just lost his own beloved creature. This is the timeless force of “La Bohème”—irrespective of the age and experience of the listeners, they will definitely feel a bond with the protagonists. Youth, courage, passion and great love all come together here, idealized through the inimitable music composed by Puccini.

SYNOPSIS

The plot of “La Bohème” is structured around four images—four stand-alone scenes with a distinct focal point. The touching Mimì and the romantic Rodolfo plus the unpredictable Musetta and the hot-headed Marcello are two couples whose fate represents the two narrative axes of the composition. The main storyline—the love between the poor seamstress Mimì, who suffers from tuberculosis, and the poet Rodolfo—takes place in Paris in the first half of the 19th century. The opera’s libretto, based on Henri Murger’s “Scènes de la vie de bohème,” accurately conveys the political background of post-revolutionary France and the discontent felt by the poorest social circles, with young artists living on the brink of poverty.

PRODUCTION

In the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic production, the plot of “La Bohème” is shifted to the 1930s. This was a time when modern art flourished, and Paris became a mecca for painters looking to satisfy their artistic cravings and create art without any academic restraints. The stage design was directly inspired by the famous artists’ residence of La Ruche—a building in the Montparnasse district, home to the greatest 20th-century painters from the Parisian School. In its visual layer, the production refers to 1930s French film classics, feeding off of the mysterious atmosphere created on the silver screen by Marcel Carné and René Clair. In spite of shifting the storyline, the production remains faithful to the libretto in conveying the timeless psychological reactions to love and death.


World premiere: 1 II 1896, Teatro Regio, Torino
Premiere: 24 III 2017

III–VI 2017
2 hrs 30 min (two 20 min intermissions)
Italian (Polish subtitles)
45–100 PLN
Main Stage
Odeska 1

Gallery

Authors

Music: Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa based on Henri Murger’s “Scènes de la vie de bohème”

Creators

Music Director: Paweł Kotla
Director: Maria Sartova
Music Cooperation / II Conductor: Grzegorz Berniak
Set Designer: Mariusz Napierała
Costume Designer: Agata Uchman
Choreographer: Jarosław Staniek
Lighting Designer: Maciej Igielski
Choir Director: Violetta Bielecka
Children’s Choir Director: Ewa Barbara Rafałko
Pianist-Répétiteur: Tetyana Dranchuk
Producer: Damian Tanajewski oraz Opera i Filharmonia Podlaska

Libretto Translation: Maria Sartova
Poster Designer: Tomasz Bogusławski

CREATIVE TEAM

Assistant Director: Justyna Schabowska
Associate Choreographer: Katarzyna Zielonka
Pianist-Choir Répétiteur: Monika Bierć
Pianist-Accompanist: Karina Komendera, Anna Krzysztofik-Buczyńska
Theatre Stage Managers: Maria Mitrosz, Radosław Zabłocki
Sound Technicians: Krzysztof Wolfard, Jacek Dziemidowicz, Karol Kopeć, Michał Kuźmicki, Mateusz Roman Pawelec
Lighting Technicians: Mateusz Łukaszuk, Mateusz Bułatewicz, Barbara Jabłonowska, Karol Łobaczewski
Multimedia Technicians: Robert Burzyński, Piotr Grodzki, Adam Ostaszewski
Chief Stage Technician: Tomasz Parejko
Stage Technicians: Jarosław Bancerek, Piotr Przygoda
Set Construction Crew: Daniel Bąk, Piotr Bielawski, Artur Chajęcki, Grzegorz Czarnomysy, Dominik Gruszewski, Marcin Korsak, Tomasz Kossakowski, Rafał Mlenko, Łukasz Nieścierewicz, Andrzej Świderski
Theatrical Make-up: Monika Żukowska
Make-up: Marta Lewkowska, Magdalena Szałaj
Hairstyles and Wigs Stylist: Natalia Karaś
Wigs: Anna Mecan
Prop Master: Ewa Chacianowska, Marek Korycki
Wardrobe Supervisors: Barbara Rożko, Tamara Fiedoruk, Teresa Kiejko, Eliza Matejczyk, Grażyna Polak, Marzena Śmietało

Cast

Rodolfo
Rafał Bartmiński / Andrzej Lampert
Mimì
Iwona Sobotka / Marcelina Beucher
Marcello
Szymon Komasa / Tomasz Rak
Musetta
Ewa Vesin / Ewa Majcherczyk
Colline
Remigiusz Łukomski / Wojtek Gierlach
Schaunard
Arkadiusz Anyszka / Patryk Rymanowski
Parpignol
Paweł Cichoński / Wojciech Ziółkowski
Alcindoro
Piotr Nowacki / Bogdan Kordy
Benoît
Grzegorz Szostak / Krzysztof Szyfman
Customs Officer
Bartłomiej Łochnicki / Bogdan Kordy / Krzysztof Szyfman / Dominik Kujawa
Sergeant
Bartłomiej Łochnicki / Bogdan Kordy

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir, Children’s Choir and Orchestra

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