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The NZ Opera Bohème had its own, commanding features of excellence. From the moment the consumptive Mimì (Antoinette Halloran) appears at Rodolfo's door seeking a light, it is clear that the prepossessing Ms Halloran is portraying this most beloved of operatic heroines as a character of resolute inner strength and affecting vulnerability.

The dramatic perception with which Halloran conveyed Mimì's diminishing energy gave her tragic destiny the utmost conviction.

Antoinette Halloran as Mimì in New Zealand Opera's production of 'La bohème'. Photo © 2008 Neil Mackenzie
Antoinette Halloran as Mimì in New Zealand Opera's production of 'La bohème'. Photo © 2008 Neil Mackenzie

In 2002, Antoinette Halloran played Mimì with OzOpera, returning after overseas engagements to repeat the role (2003). She also appeared as Pamina in The Magic Flute (Melbourne). During 2004 Halloran sang Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (both for Melbourne Opera); also during Puccini Festival's productions of Madama Butterfly and Turandot (established 1930, Torre del Lago, Tuscany, Italy).

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Copyright © 29 May 2008 Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand

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