Review: La Bohème

Scottish Opera
Theatre Royal, Glasgow – Thu 11 May to Sat 20 May
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen – Thu 25 May to Sat 27 May
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh – Wed 31 May to Sat 10 Jun
Eden Court, Inverness – Tue 13 Jun to Sat 17 Jun

4 Stars (4 / 5)

The scenes of 1920s Paris come to life to the sound of the accordian in this somewhat modernised production of the Romantic favourite, La Bohème – its original performance in Glasgow’s Theatre Royal in 1897!

Puccini’s tale of life for the free spirited poets, artists, musicians and philosopher’s of the Latin Quarter or Paris. Born to suffer for their art, they live in a poverty beautified by companionship.

Scottish Opera’s current offering boasts a host of exquisite voice. Jeanine De Bique delights us first with her heart-felt street performance in tribute to Paris; David Stout, Luis Gomes, Damien Pass, Bozidar Smiljanic, and Hye-Youn Lee each sing with flawless finesse and charm.

The use of space is exciting, the vivacious Christmas festival in Paris brought to light. An extraordinary faux pas (pardon my French) in the second act sees police officers in contemporary attire – dreadfully out of place – chase away some miscreants. Asides from that the set is extraordinary and lively. A crowning of cheer moment takes place in the last act where the jolly men entertain themselves by role-playing dancing and fencing, chasing one another around with umbrellas. A joy to behold.