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A FREE event for the whole family - No bookings required
This concert is another free event supported by Lotterywest, Act Belong Commit, the Minderoo Foundation, and the State Government through Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the Federal Government through the Australia Council.
The West Australian Opera and the City of Perth present Puccini's masterpiece of "love and loss" with the popular opera, La Boheme.
La Boheme actually had its premiere at Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy, on 1st February 1896. The composer of this opera was, of course, Giacomo Puccini and you can tell if it is Puccini if there are large, sweeping tuneful melodies as well as stories about everyday people.
Puccini himself once said his success was due to putting "great sorrows in little souls".
La Boheme is the story of a group of friends who each live as they follow their particular dreams. The opera tells the story of a love affair between a poor poet and an equally poor seamstress in the 9th century in the city of Paris. The story is about Rodolfo and Mimi, who fall in love at first sight but their happy outlook for their life is not realised as they face poverty, illness and losses.
The painter, Marcello and poet Rodolfo, are trying to keep warm by burning the pages from Rodolfo's latest drama! Young philosopher Colline arrives, and she is also shivering and penniless, after failing to sell off some of her books. But it's not all doom and gloom as Schaunard, a musician, has just got a job, and arrives with wine, food and cigars.
The main players in this opera are:
Rodolfo: a poet
Mimμ: a seamstress
Marcello: a painter
Musetta: a singer
Schaunard: a musician
Colline: a philosopher
West Australian Opera Chorus
West Australian Symphony Orchestra
The following is a list of the cast and crew for the Perth production of La Boheme:
There will also be a regional simulcast for WA towns, Community Resource Centres throughout the state and over the Satellite TV Channel 602.
This will be an evening of lovely singing and fascinating performances, which will pull your heartstrings as you learn about the sad moments in people's lives, and it takes the form of four acts. It is sung in Italian with English subtitles and free programmes will be available at the event.
It is a family event and children are therefore welcome and indeed this would be a good introduction to opera.
Supreme Court Gardens
Riverside Dr, Perth, Western Australia 6000
Saturday, 3rd February 2018
From 8.00 pm to 10.30 pm
This is a free event and no bookings are required - you are however welcome to give a gold coin donation.
Please check out this site for information about parking and getting there.