G. PUCCINI

LA BOHÈME

FEBRUARY 14 – 19:30, FEBRUARY 16 – 15:00, FEBRUARY 18 – 19:30, FEBRUARY 20 – 19:30, FEBRUARY 22 – 18:00

Impoverished but inspired, Puccini’s young Bohemians make art, quarrel, make up, break up, and make believe that there will always be another tomorrow – never imagining that their frail friend Mimi will not live to see the final days of summer. Matthew Wild’s innovative production, which premiered to widespread critical claim in Switzerland in 2018, comes to Cape Town. Told as flashbacks of the elderly painter Marcello, the production movingly contrasts the impetuousness of youth with the regrets of old age. Filled with Giacomo Puccini’s soaring melodies, this production stars tenor Galeano Salas alongside returning South Africans Sarah-Jane Brandon, William Berger, Thesele Kemane, Brittany Smith, Luvo Rasemeni and features unexpected contributions from much-loved Cape Town singers Aviva Pelham and Brad Liebl. Jeremy Silver conducts the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra with set design by Kathrin Frosch, costume design by Ingo Krugler, lighting design by Kobus Rossouw and choreography by Louisa Talbot. The powerful Cape Town Opera chorus is joined by the vibrant ERUB Children’s Choir. ‘THE DIRECTING TEAM TRANSLATES ITS INTERPRETATION WITH EXCITING GIMMICKS AND IMPRESSIVE CONSISTENCY AND CLARITY, WITHOUT EVER FORGETTING WHO IS ACTUALLY IN THE CENTER: PUCCINI AND HIS MUSIC.’ BERNER ZEITUNG IN COLLABORATION WITH KONZERT THEATER BERN Sponsored by Business & Arts South Africa, the City of Cape Town, National Lotteries Commission, the Rupert Music Foundation, Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.