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May 26 2016

La Bohème - a musical treat

Connemara's Rory Musgrave on 'a fantastic departure from tradition' for Opera Theatre Company

GIACOMO PUCCINI'S much-loved classic La Bohème comes to the Town Hall Theatre next week in a lively new staging from Opera Theatre Company. It promises a breathtaking experience for newcomers and opera fans alike, with ravishing music and thrilling arias and ensembles.

First performed in Turin in 1896, La Bohème portrays a group of bohemian friends living in the Latin Quarter of 19th-century Paris. However, this production, directed by Ben Barnes, and featuring a cast of Irish and international singers, moves the action to 1930. A chance encounter in a freezing garret results in a red-hot affair between penniless poet Rodolfo and innocent seamstress Mimi. Will their love be strong enough to survive against the odds? La Bohème traces their troubled romance in music of great melodic richness and dramatic impact.

Among the OTC cast is up-and-coming baritone Rory Musgrave who takes the role of Schaunard. Rory hails from Cleggan in Connemara and, ahead of La Bohème’s Galway performance, he talked to me about the production. Given Cleggan is not exactly renowned as a hotbed of operatic activity, I began by asking how he had found his way on this career path.

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