Francesca Zambello to direct LA BOHÈME at Royal Albert Hall in Feb/Mar 2014


Puccini’s tragic love story revived at the Royal Albert Hall for just 14 performances 
(27 Feb – 9 Mar 2014) 
Set in wartime Paris and staged fully in-the-round 
Directed by Francesca Zambello and sung in Italian 

LA BOHÈME, Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece of doomed love and tragic passion will play fourteen performances at the Royal Albert Hall, beginning on 27 February 2014. Francesca Zambello will direct, reviving her hugely successful 2004 production.

In a first for this production, the opera will be sung in Italian with English surtitles. The cast will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Oliver Gooch.

The role of the tragic seamstress Mimi will be shared by Jessica Rose Cambio, Alyson Cambridge and Danielle Pastin, opposite Sean Pannikar, Rame Lahaj and James Edwards, respectively, in the role of the poet Rodolfo. Anna Leese and Zulimar López-Hernández will play Musetta, with Michael Chioldi and ZhengZhong Zhou as Marcello. The role of Schaunard will be played by Stefano de Peppo. Joshua Bloom will play the philosopher Colline.

No opera can equal the captivating romance and heartfelt tragedy of Puccini's La Bohème. With its real characters and powerful emotion, this story of doomed love gave Puccini full rein to unleash his most glorious music. From the rapturous grand-scale celebrations of café Momus to the tender intimacy of the artists’ garret, you will be drawn into the unfolding action where passion and spectacle mix with despair and ultimate tragedy.

Staged fully in-the-round, this production transforms the iconic Royal Albert Hall into 1940s Paris. The vibrant café society, the bitter cold of the police checkpoint and the harsh reality of the student’s stark surroundings, all beautifully depicted and brought to life in every detail by an award-winning creative team and a cast of internationally acclaimed performers.

Including some of Puccini’s most beautiful arias, such as Che gelida manina, Si, Mi chiamano Mimi and O soave fanciulla, La Bohème has long been one of his most popular, and most performed, works.

Director Francesca Zambello is an internationally recognised director of opera and theatre. She debuted in America at the Houston Grand Opera with a production of Fidelio in 1984 and in Europe at La Fenice with Beatrice di Tenda in 1987, and has since staged new productions at major theatres and opera houses across Europe and the USA. Collaborating with outstanding artists and designers and promoting emerging talent, she takes a special interest in new music theatre works, innovative productions, and in producing theatre and opera for wider audiences. Recent credits include the first international production of Carmen to ever be presented at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the world premiere of An American Tragedy, Cyrano and Les Troyens for the Metropolitan Opera, Carmen and Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House, Boris Godunov, War and Peace, Billy Budd and William Tell at the Paris Opera, and The Ring for the San Francisco Opera.



By Giacomo Puccini

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP

Thursday 27 February – Sunday 9 March 2013

Francesca Zambello director
Oliver Gooch musical director
Peter J. Davison set design
Sue Wilmington costume design

Arthur Pita choreographer
Andrew Bridge lighting design
Bobby Aitken sound design

La Bohème will be sung in Italian with English surtitles

Box Office

Phone 020 7838 3100

Booking fees apply except to personal visitors at the Box Office.

 Tickets from £23.93 - These prices include a transaction fee of 2% of the total booking and a £2 per ticket fee when booked over the phone or online.  

Group rates for 10+ are also available on Tuesday – Thursday performances, please contact the Box Office for details

Mid-week matinee – Thursday 6 March

Concessions available for Senior Citizens, Children (U16), Unwaged – 1/3rd off all ticket prices (subject to availability)

 Fine dining packages are also available through the Box Office.

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Performance schedule:

Thursday 27 February, 7.30pm

Friday 28 February, 7.30pm

Saturday 1 March, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 2 March, 2.30pm

Tuesday 4 March, 7.30pm

Wednesday 5 March, 7.30pm

Thursday 6 March, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Friday 7 March, 7.30pm

Saturday 8 March, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 9 March, 2.30pm & 7.30pm