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La Boheme - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

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2 hrs 15 mins

An unlikely romance blossoms in the midst of the bleak winter. Experience the burning passion and jealousy that surrounds a love affair in this fabulous piece that was originally composed by Giacomo Puccini.

Why Watch La Boheme

Much like the characters in his memorable tale, Puccini, the man behind the masterpiece, spent his early years in poverty. The show strives to answer one of the most fundamental questions of life that has haunted us all at some point - is love ever enough? First performed as early as 1896 in Turin, Puccini’s work was hailed as a unique composition. Consequently, it was performed across Europe and America, and became one of the most popular librettos of the time. The piece owes much of its popularity to the incredible sweeping and moving melodies that are sprinkled throughout the performance. Musetta’s Waltz is amongst the most soulful tunes in the play. Over the years, it has tested the skills of musicians, directors, and actors alike; artists who have aspired to match the benchmark performances of stars such as Dame Nellie Melba. Led by talented Joyce El-Khoury and Ivan Margi as Mimi and Rodolfo, the troop is certain to live up to the lofty expectations this season at the Sydney Opera.

The Story

Set in 1930s Berlin instead of the original story’s 1830s Paris, this version of La Boheme introduces fairy lights, fishnets, and burlesque bars! The show opens with the poet Rodolfo and his friend Marcello shivering in their shoddy studio. They are joined by the philosopher Colline and the musician Schunard, who bring some money, food, and wine to lighten the mood. When their beautiful neighbor, Mimi, requests Rodolfo to help her find her key, their hands unexpectedly meet in the dark, and they fall in love. A series of events threaten to tear their fragile relationship apart. Watch this amazing reenactment of one of the most popular romantic operas of the century at the Sydney Opera House this season!

Good for

Fans of Romantic Tales | Lovers of Opera

Critics Reviews

“As one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire, La Bohème was as sure-fire a way as possible of getting Opera Australia’s new season off to a crowd-pleasing start.”
– The Guardian

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

16th-28th March 7:30 PM

2 hours, 15 minutes including one intermission

Leading Roles
Shane Lowrencev as Schaunard
Graeme Macfarlane as Benoit
Andrew Moran as Alcindoro
Clifford Plumpton as Officer

Gale Edwards

Benjamin Northey/ Nicholas Milton/ Dane Lam

Additional Information

Suitable for ages 16 and up.

Available Facilities
In-house bar
Wheelchair accessible

The Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House has a seating capacity of 1,507.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

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Moderate Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to 48 hours in advance for groups lesser than 8.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. Your tickets will be available at the Box Office of the Sydney Opera House about one hour before the performance. You will need to display a photo ID to collect your tickets.

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