Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme
This sensational new production of La Boheme, the inspired concept of director Gale Edwards, is set in early 1930s Berlin, a city of liberal indulgence, glittering Spiegeltents and glitzy cabaret clubs, where no excess is considered too much. But the world of the Bohemians, romantically playing at being poor, forgets the truth of real poverty and its consequences. Charismatic Ji-Min Park gives a stuffing performance as Rodolgo, a power who falls in love with Mimi, played by Takesha Meshe Kizart, who delivers a dazzling, graceful version of the impoverished working girl. In the Cafe Momus Taryn Fiebig sings seductively as the beautiful Musetta.
Renowned conductor Shao-Chia Lu draws from the orchestra and chorus a magnificent performance of Puccini's lush score. Lavishly staged and costumed this production is a triumph for Opera Australia.