The opera festival puts Mimi and Rodolfo's hard Parisian love into a time machine and shakes up the original soundscape. In November, our new version of La Bohème moves to the perfect location: The Østre Gasværk Theatre.
Experience La Bohème - one of the world's most performed operas since its world premiere in 1896 - when the winter darkness falls again and one of Europe's hottest stage directors is given free reign at The Østre Gasværk Theatre in the opera festival's own production.
The young, preoccupied lovers, Mimi and Rodolfo, still live in a Parisian attic, but when the Royal Opera House director Amy Lane grabs the reins, Puccini’s highly vibrating drama is placed in a time machine and the course is set a handful of decades ahead - namely 1920’s, when the creative poetry and jazz environment in City of Lights explodes.
The soundscape of the newly written arrangement is à la Piaf and Aznavour, and the ensemble - including the string quintet from Copenhagen Phil, accordion, piano, bass and clarinet - pursues the, at the same time, glowingly beautiful and thick, dirty sound of the gutter.
As for the singers, a partly Danish, partly international star cast is set to deliver the bohemian lifestyle, in the right way.
The performance is a co-production between Østre Gasværk Theater and CPH Opera Festival and is carried out with support from the Bikuben Foundation and The Danish Research Foundation.