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 Tucker Wade Kernot Richard GreagerRichard GreenOliver Sewell

Talise Trevigne Mimì

Shaun Dixon Rodolfo

Phillip Rhodes Marcello Read bio

Madeleine Pierard Musetta

Robert Tucker Schaunard Read bio

Wade Kernot Colline Read bio

Richard Greager Benoit

Richard Green Alcindoro

Oliver Sewell Parpignol

Phillip Rhodes

Proudly supported by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.
Tosca, Auckland/Wellington 2015.

Background: Born in Hastings. Graduated with a Diploma in Performing Arts (Voice) from the Eastern Institute of Technology. Was a 2011/12 PwC Dame Malvina Major Young Artist, a joint recipient of the Circle100 scholarship in 2007 and a PwC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist in 2004. Won the Lockwood Aria in 2005 and Lexus Song Quest in 2007. Attended the Cardiff International Academy of Voice. Won second prize in the Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition in Spain in 2010. Recipient of a Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation (UK) Cover Award for the 2015/16 season at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for Enrico (cover) Lucia de Lammermoor. Repertoire: Hōhepa: Hōhepa (NZO and the New Zealand International Arts Festival); Tonio: Pagliacci, Alfio: Cavalleria rusticana, Malatesta: Don Pasquale, Monostatos: Die Zauberflöte, Ping: Turandot, Marcello: La bohème (NZO); Enrico: Lucia de Lammermoor (Auckland Opera Studio); Marcello, Aeneas: Dido and Aeneas, Iago (cover): Otello, Balstrode (cover): Peter Grimes (Opera North); Count de Luna: Il trovatore, Scarpia: Tosca (Dorset Festival Opera). Phillip is very grateful for the ongoing mentorship and support he receives from the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.

Phillip Rhodes

Robert Tucker

Proudly supported by Friends of the Opera, Christchurch.
Madama Butterfly, Christchurch 2015.

Background: Born in Australia but raised in Dunedin. Holds a BMus (University of Otago). Became an Emerging Performer at the Australian Opera Studio in Perth in 2005 and is a current NZ Opera Freemasons Resident Artist. Repertoire: Masetto: Don Giovanni, Schaunard: La bohème, Polyphemus: Acis and Galatea, Noah: Noye's Fludde, Prout/Army Major/Reporter/Settler: Hōhepa (NZO, NZ International Arts Festival); Jove: La Calisto (Days Bay Opera); Masetto: Don Giovanni, Ford: Falstaff (IFAC Opera Japan); Count Almaviva: The Marriage of Figaro (English Chamber Opera); Moralès: Carmen (Scottish Opera, Australian Opera Studio); Guglielmo: Così fan tutte (Australian Opera Studio, Opera Otago); Papageno: Die Zauberflöte, Harlequin: Ariadne auf Naxos, Lescaut: Manon, Mr Peachum: The Threepenny Opera, Garibaldo: Rodelinda (Australian Opera Studio); Opera Highlights tour (Scottish Opera). Concert repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Stabat Mater, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus, Elijah, Vaughan-Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Stanford’s Songs of the Sea.

Robert Tucker

Wade Kernot

Background: Born in New Zealand. A 2007/2008 PwC Dame Malvina Major Young Artist and an Emerging Artist and Circle100 Scholar in 2004. Won the New Zealand Aria and Napier Aria competitions in 2007 and was runner-up in the Lexus Song Quest the same year. A founding member of Opera Factory who has performed with all the major New Zealand orchestras. Studied at the National Opera Studio, London, attended the Solti/Te Kanawa Accademia di Bel Canto and the Verbier Festival Opera Studio. Principal Artist of Theater St Gallen, Switzerland 2010-2015. Repertoire: Figaro: The Marriage of Figaro, Colline: La bohème, Marchese d'Obigny: La traviata, (NZO); bass role: Kurt Weill double bill (IFANZ/Opéra de Lyon); bass role: Pulcinella (Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden); Comte des Grieux: Manon, Truffaldino: Ariadne auf Naxos, Il Pedone di Schnals: La Wally, Commendatore: Don Giovanni, Melisso: Alcina, Méphistophéles: La Damnation de Faust, Frank: Die Fledermaus, First Nazarene: Salome, Handwerkbursche: Wozzeck (St Gallen); Nachtwächter: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Tiroler Festspiele, Erl); Zuniga: Carmen, Ferrando: Il trovatore, Speaker: The Magic Flute (Southern Opera); title role: Elijah, Truffaldino: Ariadne auf Naxos, Crespel/Luther/Coppélius: Les contes d'Hoffmann, Don Alfonso: Così fan tutte, Colas: Bastien und Bastienne, Comte des Grieux: Manon, Sarastro: The Magic Flute (Australian Opera Studio).

Wade Kernot


Francesco PasqualettiPatrick NolanSteven Anthony WhitingRalph MyersElizabeth WhitingBernie Tan

Francesco Pasqualetti Conductor Read bio

Patrick Nolan Director

Steven Anthony Whiting Restage Director

Ralph Myers Set Designer

Elizabeth Whiting Costume Designer

Bernie Tan Lighting Designer

Francesco Pasqualetti

Proudly supported by the Elizabeth Ball Charitable Trust.
Madama Butterfly, Christchurch 2015.

Background: Born in Italy. Graduated Magna cum Laude Masters in Philosophy (University of Pisa). Studied Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music with Sir Colin Davis and Colin Metters, at the Accademia Chigiana and the Accademia Musicale di Stresa. Has conducted Rachmaninoff’s II Symphony (BBC Philharmonic) and Brahms’ III Symphony (London Symphony Orchestra). A visiting professor at London’s National Opera Studio for the Italian operatic repertoire since 2010. Has conducted the Orchestra of Teatro Regio (Torino), Orchestra della Toscana, RNCM Symphony Orchestra (Manchester), I Virtuosi del Teatro alla Scala, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino and I Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra. Opera repertoire: La bohème (NZO), Nabucco (Teatro Comunale, Bologna; Teatro Regio, Torino); La scala di seta (Teatro la Fenice, Venezia; Festival d'Aix-en-Provence); Die Zauberflöte, Il matrimonio segreto (Teatro Regio, Torino); La traviata (Teatro di Como); Zanetto, Mozart e Salieri (Teatro di Livorno); Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni (Teatro di Pisa); Il barbiere di Siviglia (Stresa Festival with OGI Orchestra Giovanile Italiana); L’elisir d’Amore (Teatro di Sassari; Teatro di Cagliairi; RNCM, Manchester); L’italiana in Algeri (Teatro di Como AsLiCo); Cavalleria rusticana, Gianni Schicchi (Estate Musicale Chigiana); Maestro Noseda’s assistant and cover conductor: Rigoletto (London Symphony Orchestra). Conducted two symphonic concerts with the OJM-Mediterranean Youth Orchestra (Aix-en-Provence Festival)

Francesco Pasqualetti