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La Boheme

Ken Russell La Boheme

Ken tackles La Boheme by Puccini, one of the most famous operas ever.  The story of the love of a seamstress Mimi and a poet Rodolfo.  Famous arias include "your tiny hand is frozen" (Che gelida manina).  In 1984.

Ken Russell La Boheme

In Ken's version a giant copy of a Gaudier (Savage Messiah) statue dominates the stage.

Ken Russell La Boheme

And no Ken Russell opera is complete without Nazis, and of course the production was controversial with the great-grandson of the composer threatening legal action (from here).

Ken Russell La Boheme   Ken Russell La Boheme

Staged as part of the Macerata Festival.  The conductor was Josť Collado, the designer was Richard MacDonald and the roles were played by Cecilia Gasdia (Mimi), Elena Zilio (Musetta), Angelo Romero (Marcello), Giancarlo Ceccarini (Schaunard) and Mario Luperi (Colline).  Thanks to Joseph for the information.  The photos are by Alfredo Tabocchini, you can see many more here (recommended).


More stage work

Click title for opera or play The Rake's Progress *   Madama Butterfly * The Italian Girl in Tangiers * La Boheme *   Die Soldaten * Faust * Mefistofoles * Princess Ida * Salome * Weill and Lenya * Mindgame


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