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La Bohème, Opera North

La Bohème, Opera North

Setting Puccini's heartbreaker in Beat-era Paris works a treat

An improbably attractive cast: Bülent Bezdüz as Rodolfo and Anne Sophie Duprels as MimìBill Cooper
This is a revival of the 1993 production originally directed by Phyllida Lloyd (of Mamma Mia! fame). Directed on this occasion by Peter Relton, it still works brilliantly. Lloyd has updated the setting to 1950s Paris with her young bohemians wearing polo necks, jeans and berets. A gleaming motorbike is one of the objects adorning their living space, its condition degenerating along with the health of Mìmi until it is replaced by a pedal cycle in the final act.

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