April’s first kiss: Susana Gaspar’s Mimì shines in a frustrating Bohème

Puccini: La bohème **

Grange Park Opera, 14th June 2015

Susana Gaspar (Mimì) © Robert Workman

Susana Gaspar (Mimì)
© Robert Workman

La bohème: a classic of the operatic repertory. Many will recall with fondness a certain production or treasure a particular Rodolfo/ Mimì pairing. The challenge for any company presenting a new staging is to brush away comparisons with old favourites, at least for as long as the performance lasts. Unfortunately, Grange Park Opera’s new Bohème runs alongside John Copley’s shortly to be retired production at the Royal Opera and comparisons – especially when using some of the same sight gags – are inevitable. Despite a stellar Mimì, this was something of a disappointment.

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