La Boheme

Where: Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple

When: Sat 27th Feb

Time: 19.30

How much: From £20.80

It’s Christmas Eve in Paris. A young poet, an artist and a philosopher are celebrating in their flat. Then comes a knock at the door, a lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark, and so begins one of the greatest romances of all opera. From the irrepressible joy of their burgeoning love affair through to the unbearable heartbreak at their separation by death, only the stoniest of hearts could fail to be moved by this timeless story – whether you’re watching for the first or the 31st time.

We are delighted to welcome back the critically acclaimed Swansea City Opera, who are setting their production of La Bohème in war torn 1940’s Paris. Sung in English and accompanied by chamber orchestra, don’t miss this opportunity to hear Puccini’s shimmering concoction of soaring vocal lines and lush orchestral melodies.

Famous arias include ‘ Che gelida manina’ “Your tiny hand is frozen”
‘Mi chiamano Mimì "They call me Mimì"

The company welcome local choir, North Devon Choral Society to perform with them on stage.

There will be a pre-performance talk about the opera and production at 6.15pm, given by the Artistic Director of Swansea City Opera, Brendan Wheatley

What the critics said about last year's production of Faust:

“A cautionary allegory with debauchery, hedonism, mild Homo-eroticism, greed and death as its central themes should be explosive……Well it was! This is a powerful, beautifully framed, presented and performed show with such excellence… one could have left this show disappointed. This is a four star review” Love

“Swansea City Opera delivered an opera that punched well above their size, which was atmospheric, inventive and most importantly, entertaining.” South Wales Evening Post

“For a successful performance of any opera, one central requirement needs to be met – the singers must be up to the mark. Without exception this was true…” In Suffolk Review

“I’m not going to pretend I know a lot about opera – but from a lay person’s perspective this was a magnificent performance.” One Suffolk Review

“The problem of how to have the large vocal impact was solved by the sensible use of local singers and choirs to bulk up the cast. The effect was glorious.” Arts Scene in Wales


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