Musica Viva proudly presents Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, one of the world’s most beloved operas, at the Concert Hall of Hong Kong City Hall from 8 to 10 December.
La Bohème, with libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica based on the French novel Scenes of Bohemian Life by Henri Murger, is Puccini’s fourth opera. The composition of the music took nearly three years and the opera was first performed in February 1896 in Turin. Within three months, the opera was on its road to triumph, winning enthusiastic applauses in opera theatres throughout the world.
This touching love story tells the struggle for survival of a group of poor artists in the Latin Quarter of Paris, where they experience happiness and sorrow, love and disappointment. The play is accompanied throughout by music that beautifully conveys its powerful emotion. A brilliant work of art in every respect, La Bohème possesses the perfect balance between light-hearted comedy and romantic tragedy, between lyrical charm and passionate expression which is rarely achieved in opera. The compositional approach was very original for its time, and the music is full of innovative ideas skillfully accomplished. The same creative team, Puccini with Giacosa and Illica, went on to produce two more masterpieces following the success of La Bohème, namely Tosca and Madama Butterfly. These three works, together with the increasingly popular posthumous Turandot, are now the permanent box office hits of opera-houses all over the world.
Directed by Lo Kingman and conducted by Lio Kuokman, this classic opera will be produced in collaboration with the Hong Kong Virtuosi, the Musica Viva Chorus, the Musica Viva Children Chorus, world-renowned opera stars and homegrown talents, bringing alive the magnificent love story on the Hong Kong stage.
The wonderful main cast includes tenors James Valenti (USA) and Dominick Chenes (USA) who share the role of the poet Rodolfo. Sopranos Stefania Dovhan (Ukraine) and France Bellemare (Canada) star as the seamstress Mimì while mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa–Jackson (USA) and local soprano Etta Fung play the singer Musetta.
La Bohème will be performed in Italian with Chinese and English surtitles. Tickets will go on sale on 31 October 2017 (Tuesday) at URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk). For more information, please call 6976 2877 or visit www.musicavivahk.org.
About Musica Viva
Musica Viva, a non-profit, educational and arts organisation, was founded in the autumn of 2008 and has been funded by Hong Kong Arts Development Council since July 2009. Musica Viva aims to promote various forms of creative performing arts, special music concerts and performances, opera production, training and performance, and provide creative opportunities for creativity and professional development for young artists. The arts group values the performance style that emphasises refined sense of aesthetics, rich artistic content and concise but detailed interpretation. Artistic Director Lo Kingman, former director of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, is also an internationally renowned opera director who has directed over a hundred operas in performances throughout Asia, Europe and places across America.