La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini, February, 2018


Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henry Murger

February 15, 17, 23, 2018, at 8 pm
Wednesday, February 21, at 7 pm
Sunday, February 25, at 2:30 pm

The Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St.

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles
Pre-performance talk 1 hour before curtain



Young love, Paris, and Puccini ... resistance is futile.

One of the most loved operas of all time, Puccini's La bohème is a gorgeous, nostalgic slice of life about a group of young friends hanging out together, experiencing Paris and love, and loss. Puccini's music sparkles with humour, pours out lush, sumptuous melodies, and is always completely irresistible.

In the role of Mimi, we are thrilled to welcome back Lucia Cesaroni, last seen at POV as Woglinde in Das Rheingold and Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress. Tenor Jason Slayden (Adorno in 2016's Simon Boccanegra) is Rodolfo. That ever-loving, ever-squabbling couple, Musetta and Marcello, will be played by Sharleen Joynt (the Queen of the Night in last season's The Magic Flute) and Brett Polegato (Paolo in Simon Boccanegra).


Cast and Creative Team

  • Conductor: Giuseppe Pietraroia
  • Director: Maria Lamont
  • Production Designer: Camellia Koo
  • Lighting Designer: Kevin Lamotte

  • Mimi: Lucia Cesaroni
  • Rodolfo: Jason Slayden
  • Marcello: Brett Polegato
  • Musetta: Sharleen Joynt
  • Colline: Stephen Hegedus
  • Schaunard: Andrew Love
  • Benoit/Alcindoro: J. Patrick Raftery

WIth the Victoria Symphony and the Pacific Opera Chorus



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Performances take place at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street, Victoria.