• Giacomo Puccini
  • November 2023
  • Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin

La bohème

The Paris of love and art. A poet, a painter, a musician and a philosopher. Living hand to mouth in a freezing garret. Christmas cheer and a heart won by the girl next door. The tragedies of love and poverty.

Puccini’s best-loved opera is touching, comic, realistic and romantic, true for any time in which deep bonds can flower in the face of adversity.

Running time 2 hours and 15 minutes including interval.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

La bohème...In Focus
A free online introduction to the opera by Michael Lee.
Thursday 16 November 7pm.

Audio Described Performance
An Audio Described performance for blind and visually impaired patrons. including a Touch Tour taking place at 3:30pm.
Sunday 26 November 5pm.


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A co-production with Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier, in association with Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.


In supporting partnership with Barclays.

La bohème | In rehearsals

“Celine Byrne's rich-voiced consumptive Mimì made lovely work of her voluptuous arias” - The Times
“a real find . . . with a power and clarity which appears to increase at the top of his register” - Bachtrack on Merūnas Vitulskis
“Sarah Brady enchants with her crystal clear soprano” - kulturfeder.de
“it’s an opera for young singers about young people — happy and full of hope, joking about terrible things. They discover life, but also death.” - Roberto Alagna
“I wish there to be as much singing, as much melody, as possible” - Giacomo Puccini on La bohème
“even I leave the theatre, when I can get a ticket, humming my lost innocence” - Igor Stravinsky

Cast and Creative Team


Celine Byrne Mimì
Sarah Brady Musetta
Merūnas Vitulskis Rodolfo
Iurii Samoilov Marcello
Gyula Nagy Schaunard
Lukas Jakobski Colline
Eddie Wade Benoît, Alcindoro
Fearghal Curtis Parpignol
David Scott Doganiere
Kevin Neville Sergente
Irish National Opera Orchestra
Irish National Opera Chorus
Independent Theatre Workshop Children’s Chorus

Creative Team

Sergio Alapont Conductor
Orpha Phelan Director
Nicky Shaw Set & Costume Designer
Matthew Haskins Lighting Designer
Muirne Bloomer Choreographer
Elaine Kelly Chorus Director
Chris Kelly Assistant Director
Richard McGrath Répétiteur
Annalisa Monticelli Language Coach

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