San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Cambridge Graduate Orchestra, under principal conductor Mark Austin, presents a concert performance of a lasting favourite, Puccini's opera La Bohème. For the opera, the orchestra is joined by a cast of dazzling young professional soloists from London and a chorus of local singers.
La Bohème almost needs no introduction, being one of the most popular operas in the repertoire, with a plot centering around the relationship between the poet Rodolfo and the girl Mimi. It's a tragic and beautiful story about youth and hope, interspersed with moments of comedy and accompanied by Puccini's tender, passionate and sparkling music.
Mark Austin has forged a distinctive musical life as a pianist and conductor. He held the Shinn Fellowship (2012-2013) at the Royal Academy of Music, London and now enjoys a busy performing career. He was recently appointed Music Director of Opera South, following his successful debut in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory in February 2013 with Faust Ensemble and a cast of professional young singers. Opera Now magazine awarded the production 4 stars and praised "a cultured reading led by young conductor Mark Austin, with plenty of bounce all round". Mark has worked as assistant conductor to Sir Colin Davis, Sir Mark Elder, and recently assisted Marin Alsop at the BBC Proms with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Recent engagements have included Mark’s debut at LSO St Luke’s conducting the premiere of an extract of Darren Bloom’s new work Kettlehead, and Cambridge Graduate Orchestra's own 2013 tour of Germany performing Beethoven with the orchestra of Aachen university.