WIN tickets for Operatic delight

Ellen Kent presents one of the most romantic operas ever written - La Boheme - to the stage at Grimsby Auditorium as part of her new tour. EMN-140325-131258001
Ellen Kent presents one of the most romantic operas ever written - La Boheme - to the stage at Grimsby Auditorium as part of her new tour. EMN-140325-131258001

Award winning opera producer Ellen Kent brings one of the most romantic operas ever written to the stage at Grimsby Auditorium and your Rasen Mail has a special online only competition to see it.

Our competition winner will receive two tickets for the performance, plus a programme AND a Wordsworth Book of Opera?

To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question:

Puccini wrote many operas, but which of his operas was the basis for the musical Miss Saigon?

Email your answer to rasenmail@jpress.co.uk by 5pm on Sunday, March 30, along with your name, address and contact telephone number.

And for those not fortunate enough to win tickets, they can be purchased from the Box Office on 0844 871 3016, log on to www.atgtickets.com/grimsby or visit the venue and pay cash, with no booking or transaction fees.

Tickets are priced £15 to £25, with premium seats available.

The powerful and emotional ‘La Boheme’ is the tragic tale of hopeless romance between the doomed, consumptive Mimi and penniless writer Rodolfo.

Ellen said: “The scene when Mimi and Rodolfo meet and she sings They Call Me Mimi always makes me cry. It’s a lovely piece of music.

“I try to do opera that the audience can emotionally connect with, not just on a musical level but with the personal drama happening on the stage.”

The celebrated Chisinau National Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, with international guest soloists, perform at Grimsby Auditorium on Thursday, April 3.

Puccini’s masterpiece, La Boheme, is based on Henri Murger’s novel Scenes de la vie de boheme. Set in Paris, with sets reflecting the Bohemian art of the period, it focuses on the love between seamstress Mimi and poet Rodolfo.

After falling in love instantly, Rodolfo later leaves Mimi due to her flirtatious behaviour, although he wracked by guilt since their life together has probably worsened Mimi’s delicate constitution. In true tragic opera fashion, the pair reunite briefly at the end before Mimi dies.

Each show on the tour features children from stage schools in the area and La Boheme includes a local dog and a brass band.

International soloist soprano Elena Dee takes the role of Mimi and the production also introduces Olga Perrier, as Musetta and tenors Sorin Lupu and Petru Marcello.