On Saturday 2nd February, five academic musicians took advantage of free tickets to the English National Opera’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème. ENO have launched a new scheme to bring opera to young audiences, so we were pleased to be present for the first evening.
Forming the final part of their 19th century opera course (premiered in 1896), the opera is a prime example of the verismo style, which was a progression towards realism in opera and away from the mythical plots of Wagner and the events of the distant past found in Verdi. The evening was a great success and we revelled in Mimi’s fantastic ‘floated’ top C at the end of the opening duet. The staging and set of the opera certainly did not disappoint either, and the various scenes of Paris were conjured convincingly. Hopefully, this will have been the first of many trips under ENO’s new scheme and one of the first in a lifetime of enjoyment of this genre for our pupils.
Mr J. Mountford, Director of Music