La Bohème



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La Bohème

Barefoot Opera, the only company to practice a holistic approach to classical singers’ stage work, this year presents - for young singers on the threshold of careers and seeking further training - a new production of Puccini’s La Bohème. Sung in Italian, fully staged, with our own Barefoot band of accordion, double bass, clarinet and piano, arranged by the inimitable Lesley Anne Sammons. We have at least 4 tour dates (and are actively seeking more). As with all residential Barefoot courses, we train and rehearse in St Leonards on Sea, with individual coaching, group movement, breath, drama and voice work. Barefoot’s strong emphasis on ensemble playing, physical theatre and passionate as well as stylish performance informs our rehearsal schedule. As always, we have a big team for our small group, ensuring real individual attention.

Dates: Rehearsals:** Monday 28th August - Friday 8th September

Performances (TBC) Performance 1: Friday 8th Sept St Mary In the Castle, Hastings

Performance 2: Thursday 21st Sept Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead

Performance 3: Saturday 23rd Sept St Leonards Church, Shoreditch London

Performance 4: Thursday Sept 28th St leonards Church, Shoreditch London

Performance 5: Saturday Sept 30th St Mary In the Castle, Hastings

Performance 6: Friday Oct 6th Rope Tackle, Shoreham

Performance 7: Friday Oct 13th Wooburn Arts Festival, Beaconsfield

Performance 8: Saturday Oct 14th Wolfson College, Oxford

Fees: inclusive of all living expenses including all meals, and all tuition, the course fee is £750. There are good bursaries available upon application and good indication of need.


Initial auditions are on Sunday 22nd January 2017, from 12 noon in the Barefoot Studio, 93 Endwell Road, Brockley, London SE42NF

Application: Please apply by email to