La Bohème

Music, Classical and opera
La Boheme, Alexandra Palace, ENO, 2020
Photo by ENO

Time Out says

Watch Puccini’s weepy operatic from the comfort of your own car as ENO pioneers drive-in opera

For obvious reasons that we don’t really need to go into, it’s going to be a good while before the English National Opera returns to its usual base the London Coliseum. However, despair not: apparently ENO had been looking into the idea of a drive-in opera even before 2020 took a turn for the worse. Thus they were well-placed to sneak into the Ally Pally car-park before the end of the outdoor season with this edited version of Puccini's classic about a group of tragic bohemians as they live and die on the freezing streets of Paris. Directed by Jonathan Dove, designed by Chloe Lamford and conducted by Martyn Brabbins and Martin Fitzpatrick, the performance – dubbed Drive & Live – has been made in adherence to social distancing laws. You can buy a ticket for your car, or if that's not the way you roll there are distanced bicycle spaces and – in a partnership with Uber – ten vehicles available for pedestrians to book.

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