Culture | Royal Opera’s La Bohème is broadcasted live to 60 cinemas in Sweden

By on November 25, 2015

Director José Cura moves Puccini’s La Bohème from Paris to a fictitious Old Town in Stockholm. Folkets hus, and Parker broadcasts live the critically acclaimed show to 60 cinemas in Sweden, 28 November 15:00.

Press Quotes from the premiere on November 21:

imaginatively, with good humor and much charm.” SvD

an elegant transfer from the quarter in Paris to the old town … And that sounds fantastic on Puccini’s opera under the direction of Daniele Callegari.” Expressen a terrific pleasant experience Eskilstuna courier Seldom has Puccini sounded so soft and precise Aftonbladet

Beautiful, good looking, touching, professional” Kulturbloggen

Director, tenor and conductor José Cura has had August Strindberg in mind for Rodolfo in La Bohème since he 25 years ago played Jean in Miss Julie. A walk in the old town, a visit to the Strindberg Museum and close reading of the novel Bohème Anglais (translation of The Red Room) led him eventually passed from idea to reality.

Bohème Anglais reflects an era when Sweden and Scandinavia produced some of its most prominent artists, as Grieg, Sibelius, Strindberg, Ibsen, HC Andersen, Kierkegaard, Krohg and Munch. It was a golden time for creativity, “says José Cura.

The author Rodolfo becomes here August Strindberg, the painter Marcello becomes Edvard Munch, the philosopher Colline becomes Søren Kierkegaard, composer Schaunard becomes Edvard Grieg and cabaret singer Musetta becomes Tulla Larsen. Well acquainted with the music and the libretto in this poignant, tragicomic drama creates José Cura your own interpretation of the Royal Opera’s soloists, choir and royal orchestra under the direction of Daniele Callegari.

Leading roles are made by Yana Kleyn (Mimì), Daniel Johansson (Rodolfo / August Strindberg), Sanna Gibbs (Musetta / Tulla Larsen) and Linus Börjesson (Marcello / Edvard Munch).

The aim was not to make a biographical set, an impossibility if you consider that Puccini’s masterpiece does not fit either musically or lyrically with Munch and Strindberg’s characters. Instead, I borrowed the idea of a bohemian movement in the 1800s Scandinavia, as an inspiration for the drama, “says Cura.

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