OPERA: Giacomo Puccini: La Bohéme
A Christmas present for all of us: La Bohème in the Festspielhaus. A piece about Christmas, just because it partly takes place on 24 December in Paris? Perhaps that is a fortunate contextual coincidence and something to make every dramaturge happy. Yet it is certainly not the reason for playing this all-time romantic favourite by Puccini in Erl. The Accademia di Montegral is located near Lucca, Puccini’s birthplace, and ultimately we want to highlight the work of the Accademia which has paved the way for many young singers on their way to stage careers by coaching them in the right roles at the right time. Let’s hope that the right time has now come for our talented singers to re-create the world of the Bohème. As is typical for opera productions in Erl, Gustav Kuhn will question traditions of performance practice in the orchestral pit as well as on stage. And so we can say with 100 % certainty that it will at least be one thing: a Christmas present from us to Puccini!