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Cancelled: La bohème

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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
March 08 19:00, March 12 19:30, March 18 19:00, March 22 20:00, March 25 19:00, March 29 14:00
Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)La bohèmeLibretto by Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa
Zurich Opera
Marco ArmiliatoConductor
Ole Anders TandbergDirector
Erlend BirkelandSet Designer
Maria GeberCostume Designer
Juan Diego FlórezTenorRodolfo
Ruzan MantashyanSopranoMimì
Yuriy YurchukBaritoneMarcelloMar 08, 12
Konstantin ShushakovBaritoneMarcelloMar 18, 22, 25, 29 mat
Olga KulchynskaSopranoMusetta
Dean MurphyBaritoneSchaunard
Stanislav VorobyovBaritoneColline
Valeriy MurgaBassAlcindoro
Cheyne DavidsonBaritoneBenoît
Tae-Jin ParkTenorParpignol
Franck EvinLighting Designer
Fabio DietscheDramaturgy
Ernst RaffelsbergerChoirmaster / chorus director
Kinderchor der Oper Zürich
Zusatzchor der Oper Zürich
Zurich Opera Chorus
Philharmonia Zürich

Rodolfo, an unsuccessful young writer, is having difficulty in finding inspiration for his text, when a young woman unexpectedly turns up on his doorstep. She only wants to relight her candle, but the encounter marks the beginning of one of the most heart-wrenching love stories in operatic literature. In two consecutive arias, which are among Giacomo Puccini’s most famous, Mimì and Rodolfo introduce themselves to one another, shortly afterwards amorously falling into one another’s arms. In our revival production, both roles are excellently cast: the tenor Juan Diego Flórez, who has made an international career for himself as a bel canto singer, has already ventured into the dramatic genre at Zurich Opera House with his celebrated interpretation of Massenet’s Werther. He will now give his role début as Puccini’s Rodolfo at our theatre. Ruzan Mantashyan, who excelled last season as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, will be singing Mimì. Marco Armiliato, who has already conducted Puccini’s La fanciulla del West and Tosca in Zurich, will be at the rostrum.

In his visually powerful production, Norwegian director Ole Anders Tandberg tells us about the hopes and disappointments of the young Bohemians: in the auditorium of a small Norwegian theatre, Rodolfo’s poetic fantasies come to life. Only too late does he realise the bitter truth – that Mimì is not a muse, but a woman in need of genuine love and care.

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