Tickets are now on sale for HHCOS’ production of the opera la Boheme by Puccini, to be staged at Haddo House in April.
La Boheme is one of the most popular operas ever written, packed full of wonderful melodies, with particularly stunning arias such as ‘Che Gelida Manina’ (‘Your tiny hand is frozen’) and ‘Mi Chiamano Mimi’ (‘They call me Mimi’) and ‘Quando me’n vo’ (When I walk)’.
Set in Paris, the story features a group of bohemian young men who live in cheerful poverty, one of whom, Rodolfo, meets a beautiful young seamstress called Mimi and they inevitably fall in love.
After a lively street scene on Christmas eve, featuring a large chorus, children (cast from the Haddo Voices), and the delightful Musetta, the opera takes a darker turn as Mimi starts to show the symptoms of consumption. Eventually, in one of the most moving scenes in all opera, she dies.
Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society are to present the opera with a professional orchestra led by Mark Wilson conducted by Tim Dean.
Alice said: ” I have told the kids they can’t expect the extravagance of the Met, with its snow, sumptuous Victorian costumes and split level street scenes, in our production!
“They will get a real taste of opera and of working with professionals which they will remember for the rest of their lives.
“I am delighted they are happy to give up part of their Easter holidays and that they are all so enthusiastic and open minded - and that they are picking up the Italian so well.”
The performances on April 18 and 19 at 7.30pm, are available at hhcos.org.uk/boxoffice, cost £16 (£8 under 25s) or on 01651 851111.