Powerful tale of love and loss

La Boheme
La Boheme

Award-winning opera producer Ellen Kent brings one of the most romantic operas ever written to the stage in her new tour, which reaches Derby’s Assembly Rooms on Wednesday, March 5.

The powerful and emotional La Boheme is the tragic tale of hopeless romance between the doomed, consumptive Mimi and penniless writer Rodolfo.

Ellen Kent said: “The scene when Mimi and Rodolfo meet and she sings They Call Me Mimi always makes me cry. It’s a lovely piece of music.

“I try to do opera that the audience can emotionally connect with, not just on a musical level but with the personal drama happening on the stage.”

The celebrated Chisinau National Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, with international guest soloists, visit the Assembly Rooms as part of the 75-date UK tour.

Puccini’s masterpiece, La Boheme, is based on Henri Murger’s novel Scenes de la vie de boheme.

Set in Paris, with sets reflecting the Bohemian art of the period, it focuses on the love between seamstress Mimi and poet Rodolfo.

After falling in love instantly, Rodolfo later leaves Mimi due to her flirtatious behaviour, although he wracked by guilt since their life together has probably worsened Mimi’s delicate constitution. In true tragic opera fashion, the pair reunite briefly at the end before Mimi dies.

Each show features children from stage schools in the area and La Boheme includes a local dog and a brass band.

Tickets are on sale now from the box office on 01332 255800 or online at www.derbylive.co.uk

For more information, see www.ellenkent.com