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BE whisked away to Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House – without leaving Wearside.

As part of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season, Puccini’s classic La bohème will be broadcast to cinema goers at Empire Cinema Sunderland.

Visitors to the Sunniside-based cinema will be able to see the traditional Italian opera, which brings 19th century Paris to stage in vivid detail, performed live on the Royal Opera House stage in London.

John Copley’s production of La bohème recreates Paris in the 1830s from the lively Latin Quarter, where hawkers and traders ply their wares, to a drafty attic where impoverished artists live.

Rodolfo and Mimì’s love story is given moving expression through Puccini’s score, from their first meeting in Act I to their final, poignant scene together in Act IV.

These moments of emotional intensity are contrasted with the colourful spectacle of the Café Momus and surrounding streets, which present a cross-section of Parisian society in all its noise and vibrancy.

The impoverished poet Rodolfo is sung by Rolando Villazón and the fragile seamstress Mimì is sung by Maija Kovalevska.

La bohème will be the first Royal Opera House screening of 2013.

It is the latest instalment in a long line of events and live screenings as Empire Cinemas expands its offering beyond film releases – previous Royal Opera House screenings have included The Nutcracker, Les Troyens and Swan Lake.

Music screenings have included Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day, The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane and Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest ’86 as well as screenings from the National Theatre Live series, including The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Timon of Athens.

Jon Nutton, marketing director for Empire Cinemas, said: “We’re thrilled to be kicking off the New Year with a screening of this much-loved opera.

“Here at Empire Cinemas we’re committed to offering cinema goers a wide range of entertainment and alternative content screenings, such as La bohème.

“To be a part of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season is fantastic and there has been a real appetite for previous screenings, with most selling out in just days.

“We’re responding to that demand and putting on extra screens so opera fans around the country don’t miss out. We look forward to welcoming more Royal Opera House screenings to Empire Cinemas throughout 2013.”

For information and to book tickets for the screening at 7.15pm on January 15 visit or Tel. 08714 714 714.