Year 6 pupil, Isabelle has been selected to take part in Puccini’s much-loved classic Opera, La bohème with English Touring Opera this week.
Returning to the York Theatre Royal, English Touring Opera will tell the story of young love in Paris. The story narrates the juxtaposition of a gentleman and poor seamstress, along with her artist friends who are forced apart by poverty. Set over the festive period, the tragic love story depicts the lifestyles of bohemians in the city of Paris during the 1830’s.
Talented performer Isabelle, says of her excitement at being involved in the show, “The production is The English Touring Opera who are touring around the country, this is their York show and it is a one night only event. They needed some children, around 12 children to perform a bit of the production.”
The opera, performed in Italian, is in four parts and Isabelle will feature on one song with a group of pupils from various other schools in the area. “What we are singing about is in Italian and we are singing about this toy maker. He is giving us toys which we are playing with and that are making is so happy. Our parents are told they are going to have to pay for them.The man’s name is Parpignol and we are asking him to give us toys.”
Eleanor went on to further explain how she was chosen for the wonderful opportunity of performing in the world-famous opera, “Miss Maalawy put myself and Eleanor forward but sadly Eleanor is already going to California and she cannot do it, so it is just me from The Mount School.” Isabelle hopes to meet the other children involved in her performance in a dress rehearsal ahead of the big night.
Renowned for its cutting-edge garments, you can expect to see an array of dazzling details worn by the La bohème bohemian cast. The breath-taking costume includes authentic period dress and innovative designs, in which Isabelle is already prepared for, having submitted already her costume requirements and a signed performing license.
“The lessons with Miss Maalawy are really fun because I have been getting to work on La Bohème and my Grade 4 exam.” – Isabelle, Year 6
The Mount School is a proud advocate of the creative industries and supporting the performing arts, with a number of students securing opportunities in theatre and performance. Georgiana, a College pupil is also a professional opera singer and has previously performed in the Queen of the night aria from Mozart’s, The Magic Flute.
For more information on La bohème and other upcoming performances, please visit the English Touring Opera website
Tickets for the York Theatre Royal production can be purchased here, subject to availability