Àlex Ollé makes a daring revision of Puccini's opera
Against a background dominated by the effects of industrialization and bourgeois values and an intellectual climate of materialism and scientific positivism, art became more realistic. Puccini's La Bohème, which evokes the fragility of happiness in an unhappy world, is one such “squarcio di vita” (slice of life). It has sentimental overtones, however, which temper the harshness of social reality.
The characters created by Mürger in his Scènes de la vie de bohème reminisce about the hardship they endured as young artists (the Café Momus, the festivities, and poor Mimi, overtaken by death in the flower of her youth).
Àlex Ollé makes a bold re-reading of the opera, choosing a working-class area as the backcloth to this hankering for bygone years, for that fleeting moment when Mimì and Rodolfo were happy. Puccini's sublime music expresses the very essence of the plot: memories viewed as the fragile threads that keep us attached to life.
La bohème, la bohème:
Ça voulait dire on a vingt ans.
La bohème, la bohème,
Et nous vivions de l’air du temps.
("La bohème, la bohème":
it meant that we were twenty.
"La bohème, la bohème",
and we lived on the air of time.)
Song: La bohème – lyrics by Jacques Plante, music by Charles Aznavour
OPERA IN FOUR ACTS.
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger.
World premiere: 1/02/1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turin.
First Barcelona performance: 10/04/1898 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Last Liceu performance: 08/07/2016.
Total number of Liceu performances: 271.
- Approximate running time 2h 30m
- Giampaolo Bisanti
- Stage director
- Àlex Ollé
- Set design
- Alfons Flores
- Lluc Castells
- Lighting design
- Urs Schönebaum
- Teatro Regio Torino
- Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
- Director of the Chorus
- Conxita Garcia
- Chamber Chorus of the Palau de la Música Catalana
- Director of the Chorus
- Xavier Puig
- Veus - Cor infantil Amics de la Unió
- Director of the children chorus
- Josep Vila Jover
|Rodolfo||Atalla Ayan||14th,16th,19th,21th,25th,27th,30th June and 2th July|
|Giorgio Berrugi||15th,18th,20th,22th,26th,29th June and 1th July|
|Schaunard||Toni Marsol||14th,16th,19th,21th,25th,27th,30th June and 2th July|
|Josep-Ramon Olivé||15th,18th,20th,22th,26th,29th June and 1th July|
|Benoît / Alcindoro||Roberto Accurso|
|Mimì||Anita Hartig||14th,16th,19th,21th,25th,30th June and 2th July|
|Maria Teresa Leva||15th,20th,26th,29th June|
|Adriana González||18th,22th,27th June and 1th July|
|Marcello||Roberto de Candia||14th,16th,19th,21th,25th,27th,30th June and 2th July|
|Damián del Castillo||15th,18th,20th,22th,26th,29th June and 1th July|
|Colline||Goderdzi Janelidze||14th,16th,19th,21th,25th,27th,30th June and 2th July|
|Federico de Michelis||15th,18th,20th,22th,26th,29th June and 1th July|
|Musetta||Valentina Naforniţa||14th,16th,19th,21th,25th,27th,30th June and 2th July|
|Katerina Tretyakova||15th,18th,20th,22th,26th,29th June and 1th July|