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Thu 29 May 2008, 7:30pm–11:00pm

Where: Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, CBD, Auckland

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $49.50
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: New Zealand Opera

Presented by The NBR New Zealand Opera.

Arguably the most popular of all operas, La Bohème is much more than just another tragic love story. It is a timeless celebration of youthful rights of passage, the proletarian struggle against poverty and the artist’s quest for integrity.

A group of bohemians live life to the full in Paris, despite the winter chill and limited funds. Into their circle comes the enchanting seamstress Mimì. Romance flowers, but the effect of poverty and hardship on these young lives is ever present. From the poignant moment when Mimì’s light goes out in Rodolfo’s garret, the characters strive to keep the flame burning. In Puccini’s tour de force, audiences get the whole package – the tortured relationships, the resonant roles made memorable by the likes of Melba and Caruso, Gheorghiu and Pavarotti, and the famous arias.

This new New Zealand production offers an exciting young cast. New Zealand audiences get their first taste of the Opera Australia star Antoinette Halloran as Mimì. Another Australian, Tiffany Speight, returns to New Zealand after her acclaimed performance in The Magic Flute in 2006. And the new glamour boy of international tenors, Jesus Garcia, plays Rodolfo. Directing this production is Patrick Nolan, noted for his work in film, theatre and opera across the Tasman. Conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak made his mark here in 2006, during The NBR New Zealand Opera’s Faust.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

With the Champman Tripp Opera Chorus accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

BOOK NOW at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (0800 842 538) or The NBR New Zealand Opera on (09) 379 4068.

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