LA BOHEME (info)

Giacomo Puccini’s LA BOHÈME

During July, Gauteng Opera will present one of the most well-known and all-time favourite operas on the regular opera performance circuit: La Bohème, generously supported by the Joburg Theatre and Creative Feel

From 18 to 23 July 2017, Gauteng’s most vibrant opera company will present this heartwarming opera by composer Giacomo Puccini, with the libretto written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The opera premiered on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy.

Gauteng Opera is proud and honoured to invite South African soprano, Pumeza Matshikiza, who is doing extremely well in Europe at present, to sing the role of Mimi.  She performed in March at the Linder Auditorium to critical acclaim. This will be the first time that Ms Matshikiza performs in a fully staged opera in Gauteng. Due to her extremely busy schedule, she will only be able to sing the first two performances on 18 and 20 July and Khayakazi Madlala will complete the season as Mimi.  The role of Colline will be sung by Vuyani Mlinde, another South African opera singer currently working in Europe.  Vuyani was the first “incubator” with Gauteng Opera (then known as Black Tie Ensemble) in 2001.  By 2004 he left South Africa to become a member of the young artists programme of Covent Garden in London and has never looked back.  We are proud to welcome back one of our own.

Gauteng Opera CEO, Marcus Desando will direct this brand-new production.

Other cast members include Phenye Modiane as Rodolfo, Litho Nqai as Musetta and Solly Motaung will sing the role of her jealous lover, Marcello. Closing up the ranks for the soloists, will be Chuma Sijeqa, performing the role of Schaunard. The set will be designed by Lungile Cindi.

This ‘human’ opera revolves around four friends – especially two of them; Rodolfo, a poor poet who falls in love with Mimi, a neighbour in the building where they live and Marcello who has a stormy relationship with Musetta. The story is universal and ageless.  The new Kobbés Opera book describes it as follows: “In La Bohème, Puccini’s melodic invention and its turn to expressive use is at fullest flood, and he combines it with an epigrammatic, conversational conciseness that is unique in his output, technically adroit though that always is.”

Performances of La Bohème will take place on Tuesday, 18 July at 20:00, Thursday, 20 July at 20:00, Saturday, 22 July at 20:00 and Sunday, 23 July at 15:00.  Tickets for 18 & 20 July range from R250 – R600 and the last two performances, from R200 – R500 and are available online at or 011 877 6853 / 011 877 6917

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About Gauteng Opera

Gauteng Opera is an all-round performing arts and entertainment company focusing on opera related productions, concerts and events.  With the slogan “Opera for Everyone”, Gauteng Opera aims to expose opera to varied audiences with different opera offerings. Driven by excellence in vocal performance and theatre, Gauteng Opera prides itself in being one of the foremost nurturers of experts and proponents for quality vocal performance and theatre practitioners.

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