La Bohème //
Scenes from Henri Murger’s »La vie de bohème« in four images · Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica · In Italian with German subtitles
The poet Rodolfo falls in love with his neighbour Mimì the very first time they meet. Together with his artist friends Marcello, Schaunard and Colline, they spend a cheerful Christmas Eve at Café Momus where Musetta dumps her middle-aged admirer in favour of Marcello. Both couples’ happiness does not last long, however. Several weeks later while Marcello goes mad with jealousy for the coquettish Musetta, Rodolfo is forced to give up Mimì to a wealthy benefactor because he cannot afford to pay to have a doctor treat her consumption. As the four artists lounge about their flat, daydreaming and dancing to ward off the cold and hunger, Mimì visits Rodolfo one last time before she dies.
Following the debut of »Manon Lescaut«, »La Bohème« was Puccini’s second big success in which he paints a complex portrait of Paris, and artistically integrates realistic everyday scenes, the subjective way artists view their environment, and impressionistic portrayals of a barren, cold winter atmosphere. In fact, the form of the opera itself possesses an experimental character. Instead of a linear narrative, Puccini chooses to sequence various situation-based scenes which offer an unyielding and unforgiving view of the protagonists. With »La Bohème«, we kick off the season with one of the best-known pieces of operatic art, which, in its artistic arrangement and conformity with the narrated conflict – love crushed by external circumstances – remains a pioneering piece of music theater to this day.
Bettina Bruinier has directed numerous operas and plays, e.g. at the Semperoper in Dresden, the Staatsschauspiel Dresden and the Deutsches Theater Berlin. From 2009 to 2011, she was employed as the in-house director at the Schauspiel Frankfurt. »La Bohème« is the second piece she has directed at the DNT following »Kabale und Liebe« [Intrigue and Love].
Massimo Zanetti, Martin Hoff, Stefan Solyom (conductor)
Bettina Bruinier (director)
Volker Thiele (stage design)
Mareile Krettek (costume design)
Bahadir Hamdemir (video)
Martina Stütz (dramaturgy)
Markus Oppeneiger, Tobias Kruse (Choir)
Sebastian Campione, Bjørn Waag (Schaunard)
Alik Abdukayumov, Uwe Schenker-Primus (Marcello)
Sebastian Campione, Daeyoung Kim (Colline)
Günter Moderegger, Chang-Hoon Lee (Benoit)
Heike Porstein, Johanni van Oostrum (Mimi)
Steffi Lehmann, Elisabeth Wimmer (Musetta)
Marko Kürsten, Jong-Kwueol Lee (Parpignol)
Andreas Koch (Alcindoro)
Nicolai Barowski, Andreas Koch (Sergeant)
Chang-Hoon Lee, Oliver Luhn (Zöllner)