On Wednesday, January 7, 2015 the Zagreb opening night of the contemporary opera Mimi shall take place. This free adaptation of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème is a co-production of the Parisian theatre Bouffes du Nord and the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. The Parisian opening night was held on November 18, 2014. The authors are: composer Frédéric Verrières, librettist Bastien Gallet, stage director Guillame Vincent and conductor Jean Deroyer. The dramaturge is Marion Stoufflet, the set designer James Brandily, the costume designer Fanny Broust, the light designer Sébastien Michaud and Robin Meier / Ircam receives credit for his computerised design of music.
The performances held on January 7, 8 and 9, 2015 are casted with guest singers who are accompanied by musicians of the CNT Orchestra, ten in total, according to the music score. The following singers are in the main roles: Jeanne Cherhal (Alcindoro / Count Geschwitz), Judit Fa (Mimi 2), Christophe Gay (Marcelo, visual artist), Christian Helmer (Rodolfo, composer and musician), Camelia Jordana (Mimi 1), Marie-Eve Munger (Musette, Marcelo’s friend). In the planned performances of opera Mimi in the season 2015/16 soloists of the Zagreb Opera accompanied by the same musicians of the Orchestra shall interpret the main roles.
This is not a mere adaptation of Puccini’s great opera La Bohème. This is not about transferring the plot into the present time. It is about making sense; about the search for the right angle, the right distance, in short, it is about our emotions here and now and with which we approach the eternal secret of opera La Bohème. It is about telling a new story through which we are guided by Mimi, the main heroine of Puccini’s Boheme, far and foreign, but still close and known, dreamlike and real, duplicated and hallucinatory; a Mimi who loves, suffers, but also runs away and tears her love apart; a Mimi who is close to us and vulnerable like we are ourselves.