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Puccini's La Boheme on Astana Opera stage

Astana Opera. Photo courtesy of strategy2050.kz Astana Opera. Photo courtesy of strategy2050.kz

The main stage of Astana Opera will present Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme, Tengrinews reports.

The opera takes us to the Latin Quarter of Paris on Christmas Eve. All the characters of the opera are young bohemians, beggar intellectuals, poet Rodolfo, painter Marcel, musician Schaunard and philosopher Colline. Need constantly pursues them, but they do not lose heart and have fun even when they can’t pay the rent or there is nothing to light the fireplace.

La Boheme's plot is focused on the love story that begins with a chance meeting between Rodolfo and Mimi, an embroiderer living in the same house. But happiness does not last long – they break up so that Mimi, who is suffering from tuberculosis, can find a wealthy lover and treat the disease. As winter passes, Mimi is found very ill, looking for Rodolfo. The lovers reunite and Mimi feels as though she is getting better. But the illness takes over and Mimi dies during sleep.

The opera is directed by the People's Artist of Russia Yuri Alexandrov. The roles in the opera are played by Zhan Tapin, Sundet Baygozhin, Talgat Musabayev, Evgeny Chainkov, Arthur Kaipkulov, Aigul Niyazova, Bibigul Zhanuzak, as well as young soloists of the Children's Choir of Astana Opera. Costumes and scenery, the atmosphere of Paris, were recreated by the People's Artist of Russia Vyacheslav Okunev.

The role of the frivolous girl Musetta, who is Marcello’s sweetheart, will be performed by the winner of the third season of the TV project "Grand Opera" Saltanat Akhmetova.

Musetta is a coquette, who tries to escape from the dullness and monotony of life by seducing rich men. "Closer to the finale, we see the transformation of the character, when she shows her true human qualities, such as feelings of compassion and love. I really like this opera. I hope that the audience will be delighted by the performance," Akhmetova said.

The opera will be presented on March 11 at 7pm. Tickets prices start from 500 tenge.

By Dinara Urazova


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