Saturday, 29th June, 730pm.  

Ballarat Mechanics Institute

117 Sturt St, Ballarat Central VIC 3350


Sunday, 30th June, 230pm.    

Ballarat Mechanics Institute

117 Sturt St, Ballarat Central VIC 3350


Music Composed by Giacomo Puccini 

Librettist: Luigi Illica

Premiere: Teatro Regio (Turin) February 1st, 1896


Set with the backdrop of Paris, 5 friends, fed and clothed with the ideals of hope, love and joy, test two sets of lovers as they try to find their way in a less than ideal world... all the time wondering if love is enough?


Featuring one of the finest baritone voices Australia has produced, Christopher Tonkin has recently returned from an international tour to join the cast in the role of Marcello! He performs alongside the most talented group of performers we have ever assembled; International artist and 10 year ‘veteran’ principal artist with Opera Australia, tenor, Martin Thomas Buckingham in the role of Rodolfo, Sun Aria Award Winner & Principal Artist at Victorian Opera, Barbara Zavros in the role of Mimi. All under the baton of Alan Cook, seasoned in the opera houses of Italy.



Director & Producer: Martin Buckingham

Conductor: Alan Cook

Chief Accompanist: Konrad Olszewski 

Assistant Producer: Henry Shaw 

Childrens Chorus Master: Paula Heenan

Stage Manager: Myfanway Coghill

Surtitle Operator: Malcolm Coghill

Transport Manager: Vincent Sully

Orchestra Manager: Sarah Barlow

Web Design & Marketing: Martin Buckingham

Musical Arrangement: Steven Stanke

Casting Agents: Carrie Barr & Connie Lemke 


Alcindoro: David Hoadley

Benoît: Vincent Sully 

Colline: Henry Shaw

Marcello: Christopher Tonkin 

Marcello (Cover): Andrew Alesi  

Mimi: Barbara Zavros (29th, 30th June & July 7th)

Mimi: Yu Lin (5th & 6th July) 

Musetta: Jordan Auld

Rodolfo: Martin Thomas Buckingham

Schaunard: Lucas de Jong 




Adie Noonan

Caitlin Ward 

Daisy Donovan Clancy 

David Kaess 

Freya McGowan

Gemma Bridges 

Isabella Silvey 

Jayde Loriente 

Josephine McGinniss

Lawrence Alchin 

Lilly Euvrard 

Lily Mason

Missy Davies

Nina Douglas 

Ruby Morrow 

Olivia Silak


Claudia Funder

David Hoadley

Dayna Lin

Dominique Musico

Erin Towers

Joshua Soderlind

Maria La Civita

Meileen Tan

Natalie Reid

Rachel Smith


Violin I: Patrycja Radzi-Stewart

Violin II: Patrick Shannon

Viola: Deborah Wirsu

Cello: Sava Djukic

Double Bass: Tim Nelson

Flute: Felicity Liston

Oboe: Jing Pan

Clarinet: Heather George

Bassoon: Christian Biscombe

Horn: Christopher McCloud

Keyboard: Konrad Olszewski


We are so excited to announce our collaboration with BCMA (Ballarat Centre for Music and the Arts). Paula Heenan has been hard at work with 16 of her best and brightest, fashioning them into an Opera Children’s Chorus equal to any other in the world!

Local Ballarat man Vincent Sully, voice student of Connie Lemke will also be joining us in the role of Benoit.

​Performances feature a Chamber Orchestra, adult and children's chorus as well as some of Australia's finest principal artist. The opera will be performed in its entirety. Sung in Italian with English surtitles titles.


Opera van Diemensland, Ballarat Centre of Music & the Arts, More Than Opera, Ballan District & Community House, The Melbourne Chamber Choir, St Martins Youth Arts Centre & The Ballarat Mechanics Institute. 


This has been an epic project! In closing, our production of La Boheme has only been made possible due to the belief that anything can be achieved when communities work together. 


When considering the high calibre, of our proven cast tickets are a gift at only; $65 adult & $55 Concession. The standard of the Sydney Opera House & Melbourne Arts centre packaged for your local community hall.



Friday, 5th July, 730pm. 

Ballan Mechanics Institute

143 Inglis St, Ballan VIC 3342



Saturday, 6th July, 730pm.

Ballan Mechanics Institute

143 Inglis St, Ballan VIC 3342


Sunday, 7th July, 230pm

Abbotsford Convent

1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067

In Partnership with MTO & BCMA
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