ABC2 Live presents Opera Australia’s La bohème is hosted by Jennifer Byrne, esteemed journalist and presenter of ABC TV’s First Tuesday Book Club and co-hosted by The Chaser’s, Chris Taylor. During interval there will be captivating backstage interviews with the cast and crew including principal artists.
La bohème is a tale of young love and has been cast with some of Opera Australia’s leading young artists. Antoinette Halloran plays the leading lady, Mimì. As the poet, Rodolfo is Carlo Barricelli, an Australian-born tenor of Italian heritage, who now resides in Bologna. Joining him are bohemians José Carbó as Marcello, Richard Anderson as Colline and Warwick Fyfe as Schaunard with John Bolton Wood as their landlord Benoit. And the show-stealing role of Musetta goes to one of Opera Australia’s favourite sopranos, Amelia Farrugia.
The story tells of a group of friends – a poet, a philosopher, a musician and an artist – living in Paris at the turn of the century. Money is tight but love is free and the romance between the poet Rodolfo and seamstress Mimì inspires some of the most touching music ever written.
Simon Phillips, artistic director of Melbourne Theatre Company, directs this production as a ‘bohème for the twenty-first century’. Conducting Puccini’s intricate and captivating score is Ollivier-Philippe Cunéo. Stephen Curtis is set and costume designer, and Matt Scott is lighting designer.