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La Boheme/La Bohème

Music: Giacomo Puccini. Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Mürger's Scenes de la Vie de Bohème

Productions

Teatro Regio, Turin, 1896
Theatre Royal Manchester, 1897
King's Theatre Hammersmith, 1945, Royal Carl Rosa Opera company
Cambridge Theatre, 1946, New London Opera Company
Royal Opera House, 1976
London Coliseum, 1977
Royal Opera House, 1979
London Coliseum, 1982, ENO
Royal Opera House, 1987
Royal Opera House, 2000

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Teatro Regio, Turin
First performance: 1st February 1896 (world premier)

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Theatre Royal, Manchester
22nd April 1897 (first performance in England)
Carl Rosa Opera Company

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King's Theatre Hammersmith
In repertoire Monday 10th September 1945 - ? (four weeks)
Second week dates: Saturday 22nd (mat).
Royal Carl Rosa Opera company.

22/09 cast
CharacterPlayed By
RudolphJohn Torney
MarcelGeorge Hancock
SchaunardAppleton Moore
CollineNorman Allin
BenoitLiddell Peddieson
AlcindoroMartin Quinn
ParpignolRobert Scott
Customs House SergeantErnest Sutherland
MusettaMargery Field
MimiHelen Ogilvie
ConductorHarold Grey

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Cambridge Theatre
? - 12th June 1946 - ?
New London Opera Company. Part of M.A.D. Society Season of Opera.
Musical Director and Conductor: Alberto Erede.
Vocal Director and Producer: Dino Borgioli.
Decor and Costumes Designer: Alexandre Benois

CharacterPlayed By
Marcel (a painter)Stanley Pope
Rudolph (a poet)Lester Ferguson
Colline (a philosopher)Martin Lawrence
Schaunard (a musician)Ian Wallace
Benoit (a landlord)/
Alcindoro (a councillor)
Tony Sympson
MimiDaria Bayan
Parpignol (a toy-seller)Herbert Armitage
MusettaDorothy Vernon
Custom-House SergeantNorman Graham
Chorus and Orchestra
Ladies of the ChorusHelen Lawrence, Jean Carello, Pat Monesta, Joan Mills, Teresa Taylor, Joy Gay, Molly Utton, Isabel Marden, Sadie Tremayne, Barbara Silverius, Mary Peters, P. Simonsen
Gentlemen of the ChorusM. Watkins, H. Armitage, J. Dobriner, S. White, E. Davies, T. James, H. Meredith, C. Griffiths, D. Lewis, N. Graham, T. Davenport, B. Hemming
BoysI. Danvers, A. Dartnell, D. Gilbert, G. Gilbert, J. Addison (from the Italia Conti Stage School)
Assistant ConductorJ. Maliniak
Chorus MasterGeorge Coop
The New London Opera OrchestraUnknown
Ochestra LeaderMax Salpeter

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Royal Opera House
January 1976
Producer: John Copley. Rehearsed by: Richard Gregson.
Designer: Julia Trevelyan Oman. Lighting: William Bundy.
Conductor: Robin Stapleton.
The Royal Opera Chorus - Chorus Master: Robin Stapleton.
Orchestra of The Royal Opera House - Leader: Meyer Stolow.

Friday 23rd January 1976 programme cast
281st performance at ROH
CharacterPlayed By
Marcello, a painterThomas Allen
Rodolfo, a poetLuciano Pavarotti
Colline, a philosopherRichard Van Allan
Schaunard, a musicianStuart Harling
Benoit, their landlordBrian Donlan
MimìKiri Te Kanawa
Parpignol, a toy-sellerDaniel McCoshan
MusettaMaria Pellgrini
Alcindoro, a councillor of stateEric Garrett
A Customs OfficerRichard Hazell
A SergeantDavid Clyde
ChildrenFrom St. Clement Dane's School

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London Coliseum
First performance: 9th September 1977

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Royal Opera House
June 1979
Producer: John Copley. Rehearsed by: Richard Gregson.
Designer: Julia Trevelyan Oman. Lighting: William Bundy.
Conductor: García Navarro.
The Royal Opera Chorus - Chorus Master: John Barker.
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Leader: Meyer Stolow.

Saturday Evening 2 June 1979 programme cast
297th performance at ROH
CharacterPlayed By
Marcello, a painterThomas Allen
Rodolfo, a poetNeil Shicoff
Rodolfo, a poetGiacomo Aragall
June 14, 16, 20, 23, 25
Colline, a philosopherMalcolm King
Schaunard, a musicianJohn Rawnsley
Benoit, their landlordBrian Donlan
MimiKiri Te Kanawa
Parpignol, a toy-sellerDaniel McCoshan
MusettaDiana Reed
Alcindoro, a Councillor of StateEric Garrett
A Customs OfficerRichard Hazell
A SergeantDavid Whelan
Childrenfrom St. Clement Dane's Grammar School

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London Coliseum
First performance: 10th March 1982
English National Opera (ENO) production.
Conductor: Stephen Barlow. Original Production: Jean-Claude Auvray.
Production Revival: Peter Foster. Designer: Hubert Monloup. Lighting: Stephen Watson.
Staff Producers: Brenda Stanley and Keith Warner.

CharacterPlayed By
Marcello, a painterMalcolm Donnelly
Baritone
Rodolfo, a poetGraham Clark
Tenor
Coline, a philosopherSean Rea
Bass
Schaunard, a musicianWilliam Shimell
Baritone
Benoit, a landlord/
Alcindoro, a rich banker
Eric Shilling
Baritone
MimiPatricia O'Neill
Soprano
Parpignol, a toy-sellerIvor Morris
Musetta, a famous singerLois McDonall
Soprano
March 10, 13, 16, 19, 23, 26
Musetta, a famous singerJanice Cairns
Soprano
March 30, April 3, 6
Customs SergeantMaurice Bowen
Customs OfficialAntony Brahms
Street Vendors, Students, Citizens,
Children and Peasants
Chorus
Young Men and ChildrenPupils of Hendon School
and St Mary's Junior School
Stage Band
PiccoloMichael Axtell
Member of ENO Orchestra
PiccoloJames Dower
PiccoloHenry Messent
PiccoloMichael Porter
TrumpetDavid Appleyard
Member of ENO Orchestra
TrumpetPeter Goy
TrumpetCliff Haines
TrumpetEdgar Riches
PercussionGeorge Lawn
Member of ENO Orchestra
PercussionSean Hooper

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Royal Opera House
June-July 1987
Production: John Copley. Rehearsed by: Richard Gregson.
Designer: Julia Trevelyan Oman. Lighting: Bill McGee.
Conductor: Giuseppe Pantanè (except 24, 29 June & 1 July), John Barker (24, 29 June & 1 July).
The Royal Opera Chorus Master: Peter Burian. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Leader: Hugh Maguire.

Saturday Evening 6th June 1987 programme cast
445th performance at ROH
CharacterPlayed By
Marcello, a painterThomas Allen
except 15, 17 & 20 June
Marcello, a painterJ. Patrick Raftery
15, 17 & 20 June
Rodolfo, a poetPlacido Domingo
6, 9 & 12 June
Rodolfo, a poetDavid Rendall
except 6, 9 & 12 June
Colline, a philosopherGwynne Howell
except 24, 29 June & 1 July
Colline, a philosopherMatthew Best
24, 29 June & 1 July
Schaunard, a musicianRoderick Earle
BenoitBrian Donlan
MimìIlona Tokody
except 15, 17 & 20 June
MimìCynthia Haymon
15, 17 & 20 June
Parpignol, a toy sellerAlan Duffield
MusettaRosamund Illing
Alcindoro, a Councillor of StateEric Garrett
6, 9, & 12 June
Alcindro, a Councillor of StateJohn Dobson
except 6, 9 & 12 June
A SergeantPaschal Allen
A Customs OfficerBryan Secombe

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Royal Opera House
24, 28 February, 2, 8, 10, 13 March 2000
Conductor: Massimo Zanetti. Director: John Copley.
Associate Director: Richard Gregson. Designs: Julia Trevelyan Oman.
Lighting: John Charlton after William Bundy.
The Royal Opera Chorus Director: Terry Edwards.
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Concert Master: Vasko Vassilev (24 Feb, 10, 13 March), Peter Manning (28 Feb, 2, 8 March)

CharacterPlayed By
Marcello, a painterDalibor Jenis
Rodolfo, a poetRamón Vargas
Colline, a philosopherTómas Tómasson
Schaunard, a musicianQuentin Hayes
BenoitGrant Dickson
MimìElena Kelessidi
Parpignol, a toysellerAlan Duffield
MusettaCatherine Naglestad
Alcindoro, a councillor of stateRyland Davies
SergeantBryan Secombe
Customs OfficerJonathan Coad
Extra Chorus (10th March)Lola Biagioni, Jane Emmanuel, Emma Silversides, Isobel Bradshaw, James O'Neil, George Owen, Philip Slane, David Young, John Bernays, Roy Gregory, Charles Howell, Michael Lessiter
Actors (10th March)Mark Allington, Justine Berry, Pamela Binns, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, Raymond Cooke, David Evans Rees, James Graham, Bruce Mann, Kenton Moore, John Newbury, Michael Reeves, David Rowley, Pauline Stroud, Jennifer Thorne, Jeremy Wallis, Tim Webster, Melissa Were

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