Out of the Shadows

Friday, 23 July 2021

La Bohème in Belfast: Northern Ireland Opera makes return to live performance with Cameron Menzies' first production as artistic director

Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast (Photo Belfast Buildings Trust)
Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast (Photo Belfast Buildings Trust)

Northern Ireland Opera is making a return to performances with live audiences with a new production of Puccini's La Bohème which also marks marks Cameron Menzies’ first production in front of live audiences since he joined the company as artistic director midway through the pandemic in February this year.

Performed in front of a socially distanced audience for four evening, 18-25 September 2021, the production take place at the Carlisle Memorial Church, a high Victorian neo-Gothic church in Belfast which is now a community arts centre. The building, situated at the heart of the troubles in an area of high political tension, holds a long history of community and a psychological neutrality, a symbolic importance as a “home” marker for people from many backgrounds.

With a background in opera, theatre, music theatre, cabaret and film-making, it will be intriguing to see what Menzies' new production makes of Puccini's operatic classic. 

Further details, including casting, to be released shortly see the Northern Ireland Opera website for details.

1 comment:

  1. I am crossing my fingers for it to be a big success.

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