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4 August 2024
The Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church

Cork Opera House and Gavan Ring, in association with The Cahersiveen Music and Arts Festival will present Cork Opera House's much-loved production of Puccini’s La bohème on Sunday 4 August 2024 at the Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church in Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry. In what is Puccini's 100th Anniversary, the opera will star Irish and international operatic sensations soprano Rachel Croash as Mimì and tenor Gavan Ring as Rodolfo; Gavan is also executive producer of the project. A revival of the COH 2022 production, the cast is drawn largely from the Cara O’Sullivan Associate Artist Programme – a collective of opera singers brought together by COH in memory of the late, great Cork soprano Cara O’Sullivan.

Conducted by John O’Brien and directed by Conor Hanratty, the production itself is cleverly-conceived; tailored to suit non-traditional performance spaces (having first been delivered as an outdoor production during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021) and with a narrator – played by the wonderful Cork actor Éadaoin O’Donoghue – recounting the ill-fated love story of Mimì and Rodolfo in perfectly-timed interjections between some of the arias, ensembles and the acts themselves. This is a production where audience engagement is enhanced tenfold. It is at once an example of Irish operatic artistry at its highest level and a masterclass in operatic accessibility, attending to both the tastes of the most seasoned opera-goers and new audiences alike!

This production of La bohème is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, The Skellig Six 18 Distillery and Howard Gatiss.

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