Cairo Opera Company to stage Puccini’s La Bohème – Art Alert – Arts & Culture
La Bohème is one of the most popular productions performed by the Cairo Opera troupes: Cairo Opera Company, Cairo Opera Orchestra and Cairo Opera Chorus.
The next performance will take place on four consecutive evenings, from March 28 to 31, in the great hall of the Cairo Opera House.
Organized in cooperation with the Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo, the orchestra will be conducted by Elio Orciuolo, an Italian conductor who has worked for decades on operatic productions in Italian theaters and as a guest conductor internationally. .
Orciuolo is currently Artistic Director of the Panama Opera and the Project Opera Master Class. He is also musical and artistic director of the Erasmus Youth Orchestra.
The booklet La Bohème was written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, who based it on the novel Scenes from Bohemian Life by Murger. As the title suggests, the novel’s plot consists of separate scenes and realistic sketches illustrating Bohemian life without a clear dramaturgical line. However, scene 18 of Murger provides the skeleton of Puccini’s opera.
The opera depicts a sentimental love story between the painter Rodolfo and the seamstress Mimi, the latter’s illness ultimately leading to her death.
Mimi and Rodolfo’s love clashes with a playful and angry relationship between Musetta and Marcello. The carefree and rather flirtatious fun is penetrated by the frost and the poverty of winter, which sets the stage for the tragic, but anticipated end.
In addition to its great music, La Bohème is superb material for an enriching theatrical experience. Each of the four friends has a unique psychological structure, while the two female characters are particularly contrasting: Mimi with her lyrical attitude, bears death as her birthmark, while Musetta is bubbling with life and temperament.
With the characters so delightfully designated, in the opera we find neither accidental scenes nor useless dialogues. Throughout the booklet, we get a glimpse not only of the speech between the four characters, but also of their thoughts and feelings.
With dramatic simplicity of construction and contrasting characters, everything is deeply involved in the music, and Puccini’s charming melodic style, graceful tunes and captivating orchestration are endlessly laudable.
No wonder La Bohème is one of the favorite operas of Egyptian audiences and, as such, it is frequently revisited by the Cairo Opera Company.
The opera is conducted by Hazem Tayel with Anastasiya Shytsko as choirmaster.
March 28, 29, 30, 31, 2022, at 8 p.m.
Main hall of the Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo
Tickets: LE 110, 85, 60
Reservation via Ticket mall or at the Cairo Opera House ticket office.