For those wondering whether it is possible to reduce an entire opera to two instruments, the answer is: yes. But you must be named Mathieu van Bellen and Mathias Halvorsen to do so! They understand the art of abstraction like no other. In this special project, they perform Puccini's famous La Bohème in a self-made adaptation. In doing so, they reduced the parts of the soloists, the choir and the orchestra to a work for violin and piano. It is supported by projected texts, subtitles, descriptions and passages from Henri Murger's novel Scènes de la Vie de Bohème, on which the opera is based.
The opera story tells of the poor poet Rodolfo who is in love with the seamstress Mimi, who suffers from a deadly disease. After a brief divorce, the couple are reunited, but Mimi dies in the arms of her Rodolfo ...foto: John Bosch