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Thursday, October 11, 2012

La Bohème Directors Notes


La bohème Director's Notes
by Nancy Hermiston

I love La bohème! I have performed in it, directed it, and seen it hundreds of times in cities all over the world. I never tire of hearing and watching it and I always shed tears at the end of it.

This is not surprising , considering that this, Puccini’s fourth opera, is one of the world’s most popular. La bohème was staged more than 500 times worldwide between the 2007 - 2008 and 2011 - 2012 seasons.

The libretto of La bohème, written by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi
Illica, was based on Henri Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème. It sketched accurate portraits of his friends during his days as a struggling young writer in the Latin Quarter of Paris.

Puccini’s music, inseparable from and at one with the text, takes the audience to the heights and depths of human experience and emotions. It draws us into the lives of these people living, loving
and dying in the most romantic city in the world.

These characters are made of flesh and blood. Their life experiences are real. They play, they laugh, they dream, they fall in love, they fall out of love, they are best friends, they suffer,
they die, they mourn – they are us. Many plays and operas take us on such emotional journeys but for me none can compare to the immersion I feel in the world of Puccini’s La bohème.

Our outstanding cast, orchestra, production team and our talented conductor, Leslie Dala and I hope to give you the same experience. These gifted performers quite simply bring this opera to life. They let Puccini speak and allow us all to enter his special Bohemian world. Puccini will take you on an emotional roller coaster. Tissues for Act IV are highly recommended.

Nancy Hermiston is the Director of the UBC Voice and Opera Division

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