Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Touring opera company’s fresh take on La Bohème

A NEW translation of Puccini’s much-loved opera

A NEW translation of Puccini’s much-loved opera

La Bohème
is coming to the Kenton Theatre tomorrow night (Saturday).

One of the greatest romances in opera,

La Bohème
is a captivating tale of the comedy of everyday life. In a coincidence that can befall any one of us, a chance meeting leads to a joyful, passionate and ultimately desperate love affair.

Through this heart-breaking story the bubbling, carefree exuberance of four young and penniless Latin Quarter students matures into moments of jealousy and anger, turning finally to real shock at the premature death of Rodolfo’s first love, the beautiful Mimi.

Director Christopher Cowell created this translation of Puccini’s 1896 opera especially for the Merry Opera Company, which is touring it across southern England.

His international career spans the USA, Denmark, Portugal and France, and he has directed his own adaptations for Covent Garden and Glyndebourne.

The production also sees the young up-and-coming music director and conductor Harry Sever join the Merry Opera Company for the first time.

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Barbican.

Founded in 2010 to tour professional productions in modern English, the Merry Opera Company has previously brought productions of

La Traviata

The Magic Flute
to the New Street theatre.

For opera lovers the shows are true to the core of the original and bring fresh interpretations of classic works — while for those new to opera they offer an understandable, interesting and enjoyable introduction to a genre that is often viewed as difficult to get into.

Opera Now magazine has said Merry Opera “has a nice line in off-beat touring shows”, adding that it “performs them with charm, energy and wit”.

Showtime is 7.30pm and tickets are priced £16 (including a £1 restoration levy) with concessions available at £14 and children £13. To book, call (01491) 575698 or visit the website www.kentontheatre.co.uk

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