La Bohème is Puccini‘s great masterpiece and also one of the most frequently performed operas in the world. With Mimí’s story bringing tears to many eyes, it is not surprising that the calendars of the great opera capitals have crossed, as in Paris, where two productions are expected at the end of the season. Aboard the spaceship, the Opéra national de Paris will revive Claus Guth’s production at the Opéra Bastille from 2 May to 4 June 2023, conducted by Michele Mariotti (with Ailyn Pérez and Joshua Guerrero). The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées will then offer, from 15 to 24 June 2023, a brand new production directed by Eric Ruf, who is reunited with his long-time partners such as Christian Lacroix for the costumes and Bertrand Couderc for the lighting. He also reunites with tenor Pene Pati (his Romeo at the Opéra-Comique in 2021) alongside young soprano Selene Zanetti in the role of Mimí. Lorenzo Viotti conducts the Orchestre National de France.
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