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The colorful and fairy-tale Bohème created by Augusto Fornari returns to the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa
On the podium stands Francesco Ivan Ciampa, in the protagonist roles Anastasia Bartoli, Galeano Salas, Alessio Arduini, BenedettaTorre
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Carlo Felice Theater Foundation of Genoa Presents

“Opera Season 2023 -24”
In the year of Puccini celebrations, al Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa the imaginative and vividly colored filming could not be missed Bohème created by the director Augusto Fornari, with the sets and costumes by Francis Musante and the light design of Luciano New, one of the most applauded and loved productions of the Genoese Opera.

On stage from 12 to 21 April 2024 for five performances, on this occasion Lto bohème will be directed by Francis Ivan Ciampa, at the helm ofOrchestra, Choir and Children's Choir of the Carlo Felice Theatre. On stage a brilliant cast featuring protagonists Anastasia Bartoli in the role of Mimi, Galeano Salas, American tenor of Mexican origin, in that of Rodolfo, Alessio Arduini like Marcello, Benedetta Torre as Musetta; Gabriele Sagona it will be Hills, Pablo Ruiz, Schaunard; with them, Claudio Ottino, Benoît, Matteo Peirone, Alcindoro, and Giampiero De Paoli, Parpignol. The alternative cast formed by will be on stage in the performances on 13 and 20 April Serena Gamberoni (Mimi), Alessandro Scotto di Luzio (Rodolfo),  Leon Kim (Marcello), Maria Novella Malfatti (Musetta), Luca Dall'Amico (Hills), Fernando Cisneros (Schaunard) e Alberto Angeleri (Parpignol). Choir Master is Claudio Marine Moretti, while white voices are instructed by Gino Tanasini.

Opera in four paintings on a libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa is Luigi Illica, is based, as is known, on the novel Scènes de la vie de Bohème of Henri Murger, the masterpiece of the then thirty-eight year old Giacomo Puccini debuted on February 1st 1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turin, directed by Arturo Toscanini. After an initially lukewarm reception, La boheme quickly became one of the most popular and most performed operas in the world.

Preceded by the youthful Villi and Edgar, and by Manon Lescaut which three years earlier had marked the composer's first great triumph, it is with La bohème that Puccini's musical and theatrical modernity is definitively revealed. The opera is set around 1830 in a Paris that, according to Debussy, no one had ever been able to describe better in music; the Paris of the crowd of patrons of the "Caffè Momus", an extraordinary example of organized musical chaos, of the fairground trumpets, which anticipate those of Stravinsky's Petrushka by almost twenty years, of the desolate atmosphere of the snow-covered Barrière d'Enfer, rendered with rarefied timbres that no one had ever dared before. Between vital explosions as overwhelming as they are ephemeral, moving and heartbreaking lyric parentheses (inevitable in Puccini) and unprecedented compositional inventions, the score of Bohème is one of those that mark a before and after in the history of opera theatre. With Puccini, the young bohemians, the aspiring artists always on the money immortalized by Henri Murger in the novel Scènes de la vie de bohème, burst into the opera and disrupt it, contaminating the music and the theatrical story with their way of life reckless and " to the day."

And it is precisely the playful aspect of Bohème that the director August Fornari he placed at the center of his reading: «It was with amazement – he explained – that I seemed to find the “Game” as a driving element of the story in the dramatic mechanisms of Puccini's masterpiece. The "Game" the serious one, with a capital G, the one for children, the one that goes all the way, the one that mocks hunger, the cold, poverty, wealth, the bourgeoisie, social patterns, the one that would like to avoid death .».

«Rodolfo and company – continues Fornari – do nothing but "make fun" of everything with a lightness and distance, as if they were aware of being characters from a novel, from an opera. And together with them, the great puppeteer Puccini plays who, with the grace of a sublime director, introduces them to sudden and fragile love, leads them into the streets, into cafes, which become playgrounds full of toys, pancakes and frivolous women. And Puccini plays with situations and superimposes poignant love duets with opera buffa contrasts, almost as if he wanted to remind himself and his protagonists not to take themselves too seriously."

Comments the conductor Francesco Ivan Ciampa: «The simple definition of a masterpiece is not enough to convey Puccini's genius. And not only in this work, but in his entire extraordinary artistic career. This year the whole world celebrates this Italian genius 100 years after his passing, but let's not forget one thing: he celebrated all of us for his entire life. He told us stories, he painted us on stage, he captured the most intimate chords of our souls and sublimated them with music. Truly celebrating Puccini is not just performing his works, but remembering to live life, get excited, love."
The colorful and fairy-tale Bohème created by Augusto Fornari returns to the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa


Characters and performers
Mimi Anastasia Bartoli /
Serena Gamberoni (13, 20)
Rodolfo Galeano Salas /
Alexander Scotto di Luzio (13, 20)
Marcello Alessio Arduini /
Leon Kim (13, 20)
Musetta Benedetta Torre /
Maria Novella Malfatti (13, 20)
Hills Gabriele Sagona /
Luca Dall'Amico (13, 20)
Schaunard Pablo Ruiz /
Fernando Cisneros (13, 20)
Benoît Claudio Ottino
Alcindoro Matteo Peirone
Parpignol Giampiero De Paoli /
Alberto Angeleri (13, 20)

Concert master
and conductor
Francesco Ivan Ciampa

Direction Augusto Fornari
Scenes and costumes Francesco Musante
Lights Luciano Novelli

Orchestra, Choir, Children's Choir and Technicians of the Opera Carlo Felice Genoa)

Choir Master Claudio Marino Moretti)

Master of the Children's Choir Gino Tanasini)

Installation by the Carlo Felice Theater Foundation of Genoa


La Boheme
Lyrical scenes in four paintings by Giacomo Puccini

booklet by Luigi Illica is Giuseppe Giacosa
from the novel Scènes de la vie de Bohème by Henri Murger


12 April 2024 at 8pm 'before'
performances 13, 14 and 21 April at 3pm
19 and 20 April at 8pm

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