Following their acclaimed production of Così Fan Tutte in 2013 (“a great evening’s entertainment” – British Theatre Guide), Opera 24 return to Grimeborn in a collaboration with Darker Purpose Theatre Company.
Four young artists, intent on pursuing their dreams, are struggling to survive in a freezing attic. The writer Rodolfo falls deeply in love with their even poorer, beautiful neighbour Mimi. But when he discovers that she is stricken by a fatal illness, nothing can ever be the same again.
Against a backdrop of soaring rents and insecure employment, Lewis Reynolds‘ timely production relocates the story to 21st century London, with a witty contemporary libretto from best-selling writer John Farndon.
Heightening its intimacy with a brand new arrangement by John Jansson for 8-piece chamber orchestra, conductor Nick Fletcher brings out the rollicking comedy and ultimate tragedy of Puccini’s finely-wrought masterpiece.
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Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport
Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes approximately (including an interval).
In Studio 1, seating is allocated.