Cover story: Opera Queensland brings us La Boheme................
OPERA Queensland will bring its staging of the most romantic opera of all time – Puccini’s La Boheme – to life on the Gold Coast next year.
The production, which will appeal to devotees and newcomers alike, is one of the highlights of The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s 2014 package season, launched this week.
To be helmed by awardwinning director Craig Ilott, La Boheme will give local vocalists the chance to join the production’s chorus and perform alongside some of Opera Queensland’s brightest stars.
The production will see Richard Gill will conduct an ensemble of 13 musicians from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in his own chamber orchestration of La Boheme.
The opera’s storyline follows Mimi, whose love affair with the poet Rodolfo begins on a snowy Christmas Eve in Paris on the cusp of 1914 – a year that changes the world forever.
Award-winning theatre director Craig Ilott ( Smoke & Mirrors) and designer Penny Challen have chosen that last optimistic winter exactly 100 years ago as an electric moment against which to set Puccini’s beloved story of bohemian life.
Billed as intimate and revealing, the new production will star some of Queensland’s most exciting young singers, including today’s Play cover girl, soprano Emily Burke, as a group of rent-dodging flatmates living and loving precariously on the edge of society.
‘‘These Bohemians are anarchic and full of life,’’ Ilott says.
‘‘Their courage, hope and passion are infectious. They are scoundrels of course, without a care for tomorrow – certainly not when there is wine to be had, a kiss to be stolen and emotions to express. We love them for it – and we reminisce.’’
The Arts Centre will collaborate with Opera Queensland for La Boheme as part of its commitment to boost its production portfolio.
‘‘In addition to our three hands-on projects, there’ll be a slight collaboration for La Boheme,’’ Arts Centre performing arts manager Brad Rush says.
‘‘We’ll be casting a local chorus of volunteers to work alongside Opera Queensland performers. It’s part of our commitment to a be not just a presenter, but a producer of different scales on many layers.’’
Opera Queensland’s La Boheme plays The Arts Centre Gold Coast on August 9. View the 2014 program and ticket package options at theartscentregc.com.au
Soprano Emily Burke will play love interest Musetta in Opera Queensland’s La Boheme.