Heartbreak, tears, lots of cheers and music to move your soul – not to mention a bottle of wine or two – went down a treat in front of the Swindon Big Screen on 17 May when La Bohème was beamed live from the Royal Opera House.
Swindon’s town centre was among several outdoor venues where Puccini’s heart-rending musical feast – one of the UK’s operatic highlights of the year – was transmitted.
The most expensive tickets at the Royal Opera House will set you back a cool £918. But at a cordoned off area in front of the Big Screen in Wharf Green, Swindon’s culture vultures were able to lap it up free of charge.
Pre-show and interval entertainment were also arranged. During the interval crowds were entertained by Vic Clements who first started singing in public in 1987 when he joined Swindon Amateur Light Opera Society. Since then he has performed as a freelance soloist for many small opera companies in Wantage, Oxford, Windsor and London, singing many of the major Mozart and Verdi baritone roles.