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Puccini's La Bohème - Opera Up Close (last minute Mimi)

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Opera Up Close - 10 year anniversary tour of Puccini’s La Bohème

Lizzie steps in to save the day at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

It’s been a year since Lizzie sang the role of Mimi for King’s Head Theatre’s Olivier Nominated West End transfer of La Bohème at the Trafalgar Studios. Fast forward to March 2019 and Opera Up Close is taking their production of Puccini’s timeless classic on their 10 year anniversary national tour. Struck by a series of unfortunate events, all three of their Mimis we’re unable to perform for this sold out performance at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Notified on the day, Lizzie headed from London up to Scarborough armed with OUC’s different English translation to sing the role, whilst senior producer Amy Novadnieks walked the part onstage.


New English Version by Robin Norton-Hale

The Olivier Award-winning version of Puccini’s much-loved weepie is a favourite with critics and audiences alike. One of the most accessible and moving operas ever written, La Bohème charts the ups and downs of a group of idealistic graduates as they bicker, party, try to make ends meet and follow their dreams. Aspiring novelist Rodolfo discovers a harsher reality when he falls for immigrant cleaner Mimi, while his best friend Marcello's tempestuous relationship with his on-off girlfriend Musetta brings humour and fireworks to the stage. The comic elements of this hugely popular production heighten its tragic ending, with audiences saying this 21st century Bohème affected them like no other. 

cast - 9 march 2019

Mimi sung by Lizzie Holmes & walked by Amy Novadnieks
Rodolfo Philip Lee
Marcello Nicolas Dwyer
Musetta Emily-Jane Thomas
Schaunard Alistair Sutherland
Colline Julian Debreuil
Benoit/Alcindoro Martin Nelson


Robin Norton-Hale Librettist & Director
Elspeth Wilkes Tour Musical Director
Kate Guinness & Lucy Read Costume & Set Designers
Richard Williamson Tour Lighting Designer
Amy Novadnieks Senior Producer