La Boheme is currently being staged at the Conservatorium Theatre on South bank until the 2nd of August. I went along to the production last night and I have to see I came away having really enjoyed it. If you get a chance go and see it.This production is actually quite special for the initiative it is showing.
Opera Q is going to tour around eight centres throughout Queensland so there might be a production being staged somewhere near you. Not only that but there will be local participation of choirs who will be singing in this lively production, meaning it takes on a truly local flavour. There will be choruses from the Gold Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba, the Fraser Coast, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Mount Isa. What an amazing initiative to coordinate choruses from all these areas in their production.
Puccini's La Boheme has been a favourite the world over, perhaps for its lively music, for its humour and for its love story. It is set in Paris in 1913, it is Christmas eve and it is cold and miserable but friends find meagre provisions to celebrate and later head out to the Cafe Momus. Rodolfo, an impoverished but aspiring poet, stays behind and Mimi a neighbour comes knocking at his door, looking for light for her candle. The two fall in love but it is not all joy for the couple as poverty, sickness and the cold take their toll on them.
The singing is hearty and I thought Hyseoung Kwon as Mimi was excellent. What a really enjoyed were the sets which I thought were so imaginative and realistic yet simple to recreate and to produce. The costumes and the lighting just added to this polished and pleasant performance. The orchestra, playing from the pit, performed the score beautifully thanks to the direction of Paul Kildea.