Events & Opera


‘La Bohème’ at Great Chalfield, Thursday 5th & Friday 6th July 2018

Bath Opera will present Puccini’s best loved opera ‘La Bohème’. 

Sung in English at Great Chalfield.

Packed with wonderful arias (‘Your tiny hand is frozen’,’They call me Mimi’) and intense emotion,it takes the audience on a roller coaster ride of love and tragedy.This production is in four Acts, with Julia O’Connor in the role of Mimi and Luke Daniel as Rodolfo. 

Musical direction and accompaniment is by Peter Blackwood and stage direction is by Tom Magnone. 

To quote Bath Opera: “When penniless poet Rodolfo meets Mimi, the seamstress in the attic studio he shares with his friend Marcello the painter, it’s love at first sight. But can their romance survive poverty and ill health? The friends, with Colline the philosopher and Schaunard the musician, endure landlord Benoit’s visit and then spend Christmas Eve celebrating at Café Momus with a windfall from Schaunard. Marcello’s old flame Musetta arrives and creates a scene.  She then contrives to leave her sugar daddy Alcindoro with the bill for the Bohemians’ dinner.

The third Act is set in February when Mimi asks Marcello to speak to Rodolfo about his jealousy which makes their relationship impossible. Rodolfo thinks Mimi is so ill that she must leave his life of poverty. Marcello and Musetta quarrel, while Rodolfo and Mimi face up to separation. Later in Spring lovelorn Marcello and Rodolfo can hardly work, then Schaunard and Colline bring a meagre supper which creates a fine party. Musetta bursts in to say that Mimi is dying and needs Rodolfo. The friends do what they can, but for Mimi it is too late.”

La Boheme will be performed in the Great Hall. Beginning at 7.30 pm and the Gardens will be open for visitors to bring and enjoy picnics from 5.30 pm , if they wish.

Tickets are £35 each (£30 for Friends of Great Chalfield) and may be booked by ringing Patsy or Robert on 01225 782239, or by email

"Patsy and Robert are delighted to welcome Bath Opera’s return to Great Chalfield".

Guide Dogs' only please - for all events.





Great Chalfield Manor, Great Chalfield, nr. Melksham, Wiltshire. SN12 8NH - Tel: 01225 782 239