Anne Robinson, Karen Saxby
120 years after its very first performance, which took place at Teatro Regio di Torino, La Boheme returns to the tradition-steeped Italian opera house. With director Alex Olle from La Fura dels Baus and music director Gianandrea Noseda the Teatro Regio presents a spectacular, up-to-date anniversary production. For Alex Olle, directing the opera for the first time, 'La Boheme allows the young generation to get rid of everything that prevents them from flying, feeding only on their own vitality; the real hunger of the protagonists is the hunger for life. My production is set in a modern city outskirt. It is there where, in my opinion, the intellectual matrix of the future happens; in ugly, disreputable and poor places which are authentic. In this kind of environment, where life and art as they did in Romanticism belong to the survivors.' 'A triumphant youthful Boheme', in which the singers excel due to their naturalness. Giorgio Berrugi sings his Rodolfo 'with a luminous timbre, in refined nuances' (La Stampa), perfectly matching 'Irina Lungus full-bodied Mimi' (The London Times). All in all, 'this is theatre, this is life, this is passion' (Corriere della sera).