La bohème

    Giacomo Puccini


    Libretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

    First Performance: Teatro Regio, Turin, February 1, 1896

    First Peformance at the Israeli Opera: December 10, 1987

    First Performance of this production at the Israeli Opera: October 25, 1997

    First Performance of this production in the current season: March 20, 2009

    Conductor           Keri-Lynn Wilson
    Yishai Steckler  31.3, 3.4, 4.4, 5.4

    Director and Set and Costume

    Franco Zeffirelli
    Revival Director Marco Gandini
    Costumes Revival Alberto Spiazzi
    Lighting Designer Marco Filibeck




    Rodolfo Scott Piper
    Marius Brenciu  21.3, 24.3, 26.3, 28.3, 30.3, 4.4
    Marcello Boaz Daniel
    Domenico Balzani  26.3, 29.3, 5.4
    Mimi Adina Aaron
    Ira Bertman  21.3, 24.3, 26.3, 28.3, 30.3, 3.4, 5.5
    Musetta Anya Matanovic
    Mirela Gradinaru  21.3, 24.3, 26.3, 28.3, 29.3, 31.3, 3.4, 5.4
    Schaunard Domenico Balzani
    Noah Briger  26.3, 29.3, 3.4, 4.4
    Colline Vladimir Braun
    Benoit Sami Bechar
    Parpignol Mark Shaimer
    Gidon Tidhar
    A Boy in the Crowd Ori Lev-Tov Roosak
    Matan Shecohri
    Alcindro Sorin Semilian
    Sargeant Moshe Fisch
    A Customs Official Anatoli Krasik

    The Israeli Opera Chorus

    Conductor: Yishai Steckler

    The Young Efroni Choir
    Conductor: Yasmin Yithak

    The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion

    Sung in Italian
    Surtitles in English and Hebrew
    Surtitles: Israel Ouval
    Length of performence: approximately three hours including two intermissions

    Puccini's beloved love story returns to the stage in Franco Zeffirelli's larger than life majestic production featuring the poignant Mimi who lives, loves and dies in the arms of her beloved bohemian poet. 


    Production's Album

    Photos: Yossi Zwecker        


    Fri 20.3 (13:00). Sat 21.3 (20:00), Sun 22.3 (20:00), Tues 24.3 (20:00),

    Wed 25.3 (20:00), Thurs 26.3 (20:00), Fri 27.3 (13:00), Sat 28.3 (21:00),

    Mon 30.3 (20:00), Tues 31.3 (20:00), Fri 3.4 (13:00), Sat 4.4 (21:00),

    Sun 5.4 (20:00)

    Towards Opening: Sat 14.3 (11:00)


    "The Power of the Voice...This production features excellent singers including Adina Aron (Mimi), a woman with a gorgeous, warm and beautiful voice and a powerful and impressive stage presence. Scot Piper (Rodolfo) projects big, warm singing and excellent acting. Anya Matanovic was superb as a colorful Musetta with a beautiful color to her voice and stage charisma and Boaz Daniel was excellent… On the podium Keri-LynnWilson was full of temperament and she knows the score very well. This was a perfect production and you must run and see this beauty."  (Oran Binur, Maariv)

    "All the singers are very good but above all are Anya Matanovic as Musetta and Adina Aron with her conquering personality and her radiant voice as Mimi. And those who saw conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson singing and conducting in the pit enjoyed an extra experience." (Michael Handelsaltz, Haaretz)

    "Zeffirelli creates from the sensuous feelings… there was electricity in the air. Amazing!" ( Hanoch Ron, Yediot Aharonot)

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