'Bohemian’ Christmas is back for the Royal Theater


Between days 11 December and 8 from January, Royal Theatre offer 19 functions from Bohemian, from Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), in a co-production with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Royal Opera House in London, where it premiered last September, where he will appear next summer.

Genesis Bohemian, and also the development of their creative process until the premiere of the opera at the Teatro Regio in Turin 1 February 1896, They are thoroughly documented thanks to the extensive correspondence between Giacomo Puccini, his editor and mentor Giulio Ricordi, and librettists Giuseppe Giacosa Y Luigi Illica, who began their stormy and fruitful collaboration in this opera, then writing the librettos Tosca Y Madama Butterfly.

Based on the book Scenes of Bohemian Life, from Henri Murger (1882-1861), It born as a series of autobiographical stories published as folletín, the two librettists, always jealously led by Puccini, They built a coral libretto, in which four young bohemian artists circumvent the economic difficulties and inclement weather with humor and enthusiasm, looking for its place in a Paris effervescent, bustling and winter.

The tragic love story between one, Rodolfo, aspiring poet, y la sastrecilla Mimi, whose death, inexorable, the sorprende, articulates a kind of initiatory path Bouncing debauchery and dreams of youth and reveals the real life, with all its force and significance.

With his brilliant orchestral palette, his mastery of prosody and its huge dramatic talent, Puccini is building the personality of young people with their ability to articulate the most characteristic and amusing anecdotal glimpses of everyday life with the deepest feelings, passionate and sweeping. A) Yes, Interlace your sentences short "conversation" with other huge melodic breath and dramatic. His orchestration suggests, with great effectiveness tímbrica, from details as trivial as the flames snaking or the clinking of coins, until 'ambiences' the film almost bare garret, the bustle of the Christmas Paris, or loneliness and hardships of poverty.

The evocation of past moments as if they revive the memory flashes and updates is masterfully recreated using musical motifs associated with emotions, feelings, or even objects that Puccini gives an enormous symbolic power, like the sail of Mimì, the rose cofia que buys Rodolfo, Colline greatcoat, or sleeve that warms cold hands of the protagonist on his deathbed ...

It is these moments that come and go back to memory, that they are hidden and show with the experiences that add up and build the way life, which form the backbone of the new production Bohemian which can be seen at the Royal Theater.

In its dramaturgical proposal, the prestigious British stage director Richard Jones and set and costume designer Stewart Laing opera presented as a succession of Scenes of Bohemian Life presented to the viewer without concealing jobs backstage which normally develop technical backstage. A) Yes, the public sees as the sets are changed, how different devices are used to achieve theatrical effects and how props pile up in the wings, as if they were pieces of life crammed into memory.

Reaching the privileged place, the viewer constantly contemplates the past and present of the characters, unable to dive into the cold and fizzy Paris of the young bohemians because it will always represented on stage. But this artifice of 'play within a play', that the real time and the theater are confused, public space and artist, the drama of the opera and its metaphors, will take the viewer to a richer interpretation of Puccini's work, enhanced by the view from different angles, but also with their reflections.

Two deals give life to this popular choral opera, which highlights, in the lead roles, las sopranos Anita Hartig Y Yolanda Auyanet (Mimi), tenors Stephen Costello Y Piero Pretti (Rodolfo) y las sopranos Joyce El-Khoury Y Carmen Romeu (Musetta), seconded by baritones Joan Martin-Royo Y Esteve Manel (Schaunard), Etienne Dupuis Y Alessandro Luongo (Marcello); the short ones Mika Kares Y Fernando Rado (Colline) Y Roberto Accurso (Alcindoro); and tenor José Manuel Zapata (Benedict).

The musical direction will be borne by Paolo Carignani, which will lead the Headlines Choir and Orchestra of the Teatro Real and Little Singers of ORCAM.

This new production brings once again the popular Puccini opera at Teatro Real, which has offered 60 functions Bohemian since its reopening, in 1997, always with the famous production directed by Giancarlo del Monaco, with scenery Michael Scott, released in December 1998, response in seasons 1999-2000 Y 2005-2006 and recorded on DVD, with musical direction Jesus Lopez Cobos (available on demand stage Digital).


20 November to 12 from December | Teatro Real

Course Exposed opera: how to ride a big production. Bohemian

3 from December, to 12.00 and to the 17.00 hours | Teatro Real, sala Gayarre

family workshop Everyone to the Gayarre!: Poet's garret, the musician, the painter, dressmaker and singer.

Address and presentation of Fernando Palacios.

4 from December, to 20.15 hours | Teatro Real, sala Gayarre

approaches: the artistic director of the Teatro Real, Joan Matabosch, moderates a meeting with artists involved in the production of Bohemian.

16 from December, to 11.00 hours | French institute

creative workshop around production. Bohemian: to imagine, create drawing… like a true artist.

In French (all levels) for children 4 a 8 years

17 from December, to 12.00 hours | Teatro Real, living room

Chamber Sundays: works of Eugène Bozza, Giacomo Puccini, Respighi y Nino Rota

Soloists of the Titular Orchestra of the Teatro Real

7 from January, to 12.00 hours | Teatro Real, living room

Opera theater: projection Cavalleria rusticana, de Pietro Mascagni, Y Pagliacci, de Ruggero Leoncavallo, Teatro Real production with musical director Jesus Lopez Cobos and stage director Giancarlo de Monaco.

Date to be determined | Spanish Film Library

Film Series. Teatro Real: Opera night

Goodbye Mimi, de Carmine Gallone (1949)