La bohème

La bohème

10-performance tour of La bohème, Puccini’s romantic masterpiece, in a new production marking OTC’s 30th Anniversary
Opera Theatre Company

A major touring production of one of Opera’s best loved titles celebrating OTC’s 30-year history of bringing opera to all corners of Ireland. This production marked the welcome return of OTC’s founding Artistic Director, Ben Barnes, together with a cast of outstanding vocal talent including two of Ireland’s leading sopranos Máire Flavin (Mimì) and Sinéad Campbell-Wallace (Musetta).

This touring production involved a cast of seven singers, chorus of twelve and orchestra of thirteen players under the direction of conductor Andrew Greenwood. It was ecstatically received by sold-out audiences in most venues.

The doomed love affair of poet Rodolfo and seamstress Mimì and the more volatile relationship of Marcello and Musetta unfolded in a highly detailed design by Joe Vaněk. The first OTC production sung in Italian with English surtitles, the original language allowed the voices to bloom as they soared in Puccini’s achingly-beautiful vocal lines.

O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin 13, 15 May 2016
Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick 17 May 2016
National Opera House, Wexford 19 May 2016
Glór, Ennis 22 May 2016
An Grianán, Letterkenny 25 May 2016
Solstice Arts Centre, Navan 27 May 2016
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny 30 May 2016
Town Hall Theatre, Galway 01 June 2016
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo 03 June 2016

Creative Team:
Director: Ben Barnes
Movement Director: Libby Seward
Set and Costume Designer: Joe Vaněk
Lighting Design: John Comiskey

Mìmi: Máire Flavin
Musetta: Sinead Campbell-Wallace
Rodolfo: Pablo Bemsch
Marcello: Charles Rice
Schaunard: Rory Musgrave
Colline: Padraic Rowan 
Benôit / Alcindoro: Adrian Clarke
Parpignol: Patrick Hyland

Chorus & Orchestra of Opera Theatre Company
Conductor: Andrew Greenwood

dramatically compelling … classy production – The Irish Examiner

Flavin, a soprano, excelled; her voice a force of nature that swept through the aisles. Rice also convinced as the artist tormented by the flirtatious Musetta, portrayed by Sinead Campbell-Wallace. The perfectly pitched music was provided by a small orchestra bathed in dim lighting, capturing the brooding on-stage drama – The Sunday Times

The leads are strongly taken: Máire Flavin is a multifaceted Mimi and Pablo Bemsch a heroic-sounding Rodolfo – The Irish Times

Ingenious – The Irish Independent