Puccini's La bohème dazzles Lyric Square

On Tuesday 26 June, over 700 people enjoyed a beautiful summer’s evening of enthralling culture as the Royal Opera House’s production of La bohème was screened live at Lyric Square.

The performance of Puccini’s passionate love story was part of the award-winning HammersmithLondon Summer Festival, that is celebrating its 10th year with an eclectic mix of art, entertainment and sport all free of charge.

La bohème – the first of two live performances from the Royal Opera House at Lyric Square this summer – tells the love story of Rodolfo, a penniless poet and Mimì, a seamstress, set in bohemian Paris. With memorable music and a romantic plot drawn from everyday life, La bohème has captivated audiences all around the world. And it was no different in Hammersmith as a bumper audience, of all ages, enjoyed an evening of top-quality opera on a beautiful summer’s night.

Local resident Robert Frizelli said: “It’s a really good production. I love the opera and this is a great way of making it accessible. It’s a great idea and a great event.”

Julia Felding, from Chelsea, who was watching the show with her boyfriend, said: “What a wonderful way to spend a beautiful evening. The opera is fantastic and the weather made it even better.”

Last night’s performance was part of the Royal Opera House’s summer screenings, sponsored by BP, that are shown live on big screens in cities up and down the UK, as well as all around the world on YouTube.

HammersmithLondon have been organising these events for a number of years and are delighted to offer live opera to large crowds, all free of charge.

Patricia Bench, BID Director at HammersmithLondon, said: “We had a wonderful turnout for a midweek event. The weather helped, of course, but the real draw was the magnificent performance from the Royal Opera House.

“We are delighted to once again provide Lyric Square as one of their venues for their summer shows again this year. Our first live performance from the Royal Opera House was in 2011, so this is our eighth year. A huge thank you to everyone who turned out to watch the performance, we hope everyone had a fantastic evening.”

The Royal Opera House live screening of Don Giovanni at Lyric Square will be held on Thursday 12 July, from 7pm.

The HammersmithLondon Festival continues this weekend with Lyric Fest, a new three-day event showcasing a range of music, theatre, dance and poetry, before live free screenings of the world’s number one tennis tournament – Wimbledon – begins next week.