No moonlight, no magic: Richard Jones directs a vanilla Bohème for the Royal Opera

Puccini: La bohème ***

The Royal Opera, 11th September 2017

New productions of La bohème don’t come around that often at the Royal Opera. John Copley’s venerable staging lasted for 43 years and the one before that – Peter Brook reviving a pre-war production – had a decent innings running from 1948. I doubt this new effort from Richard Jones will last half as long, not because it’s controversial in any respect but because it’s tepid. After his affectionate treatment of La fanciulla del West for ENO and his devastating Suor Angelica at this address, Jones’ Bohème tastes disappointingly vanilla.

Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo) and Nicole Car (Mimì)
© ROH | Catherine Ashmore

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