NZ Opera

La boheme
La boheme by Giacomo Puccini

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Eternal Flame.

A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera. Puccini’s glorious masterpiece of youthful flirtation, passionate love and heart breaking tragedy springs to life in this exciting production which brings freshness, energy and a modern perspective. Whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth, La bohème will remind you what it means to be alive and in love.

The Cast

This NZ Opera production, revisited from our acclaimed 2008 season, stars Talise Trevigne as Mimì, with New Zealanders tenor Shaun Dixon as Rodolfo and baritone Phillip Rhodes as Marcello.

The Story

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall passionately in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill. As her health rapidly declines her friends gather and watch on helplessly as she succumbs, her true love at her side.

Accompanied by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

Featuring the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles. 

A New Zealand Opera production.

Phillip Rhodes performance is generously supported by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.


Christchurch CBS

July 15—18

CBS Canterbury Arena

  • Tuesday 15
  • Wednesday 16
  • Friday 18
Pre-show Talks

16, 18 July 6.30pm
South Concourse, CBS Canterbury Arena

Opera Exposed Night

16 July from 6.30pm

Pre-Opera Dining

In Christchurch enjoy a superb meal at George Hotel's Pescatore Restaurant. Pre-Opera dinner packages are available at $55 per person (book now on 03 371 0257).

La boheme flyer

La boheme flyer


Talise TrevigneShaun DixonPhillip RhodesMadeleine PierardRobert TuckerWade KernotRichard GreagerRichard GreenOliver Sewell

Talise Trevigne Mimì

Shaun Dixon Rodolfo

Phillip Rhodes Marcello

Madeleine Pierard Musetta

Robert Tucker Schaunard

Wade Kernot Colline

Richard Greager Benoit

Richard Green Alcindoro

Oliver Sewell Parpignol


Francesco PasqualettiPatrick NolanSteven Anthony WhitingRalph MyersElizabeth WhitingBernie Tan

Francesco Pasqualetti Conductor

Patrick Nolan Director

Steven Anthony Whiting Restage Director

Ralph Myers Set Designer

Elizabeth Whiting Costume Designer

Bernie Tan Lighting Designer