Last Updated on October 3, 2021
La Bohème in Belfast with Northern Ireland Opera – Preview
We are thrilled to be travelling to Belfast for the opening night of Northern Ireland Opera’s production of ‘La Bohème’ by Puccini. Australian director Cameron Menzies joined Northern Ireland Opera midway through the pandemic in February this year and this staging marks his first production in front of live audiences.
One of the most loved and timeless masterpieces of opera, La Bohème is also an excellent show if you’ve never experienced live opera and want to dip your toe in.
The story revolves around two couples; firstly, the poet Rodolfo played by Noah Stewart, and his lover, the sickly seamstress Mimi, played by Gemma Summerfield. Their relationship runs in parallel to the second couple, the artist Marcello played by Yuriy Yurchuk and the coquettish Musetta (Emma Morwood).
Cameron says: “The themes of youthful hope, the pursuit of connection, love and the very real and human desire for relationships, paired with some of the most stunning composition in the history of opera, seems to be what our audiences need right now both in terms of relevance and potency.”
The bold new interpretation will be brought to life inside the iconic Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast across four evenings. A historic focal point in the city, this beautifully decayed church provides the perfect atmospheric backdrop to tell the story of a group of Bohemians, all searching and desperately trying to find their way in life and love.
Northern Ireland Opera is a relatively young company, founded in 2010, which has already won national and international acclaim for the quality of its work. With sixteen productions already under its belt, including seven new operas, we are really looking forward to seeing their interpretation of La Bohème. The setting itself provides an excellent backdrop – a Gothic Revival building completed in 1875 which was home to one of the largest Methodist congregations in Belfast that stood derelict for 20 years before a long-term programme of regeneration by the Belfast Buildings Trust. We’re excited to see the sets being built for Northern Ireland Opera’s new production.
In its short history, Northern Ireland Opera has won extraordinary national and international acclaim for the quality of its work and produced sixteen productions, including seven co-productions and seven new operas, its work being seen in the UK, Ireland and internationally. From its inception, and despite the worst recession in living memory, the company was determined to produce strongly indigenous, imaginative, and risk-taking work that would be on a par with other UK opera companies. This production, with a mix of local talent and international stars in the main roles, promises to be another great example of their achievements.
La Bohème will be performed live in front of socially distanced audiences across 4 nights. It will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.Dates: September 18, 20, 23, 25. If your chosen date is sold out, a limited number of further tickets will be released at a later date.
Venue: Carlisle Memorial Church, 31 Carlisle Circus, Belfast BT14 6AT
Looking for more opera in London? Check our preview of the Royal Opera House Autumn 2021 season