Franco Zeffirelli’s opulent staging of Puccini’s La Bohème has been a real crowd pleaser since it first debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1981. Every few years the Met revives the passionate saga of Mimi, Rodolfo, and hundreds of other scrappy Parisians; this particular encore screening is from 2014. The broadcast was scheduled months ago and it’s only coincidental that Zeffirelli died last weekend at the age of 96 amidst a cloud of scandal. Over the past two years, it’s become more widely known that the Italian director was a real creep, according to several young men that he cast over the course of his long career. Zeffirelli publicly came out in 1996, though he remained adamantly pro-Vatican until the end.
Note: Regal Cinemas Swansea is also offering a 1pm matinee performance.