Event details

Saturday 3 August | 6pm

£40 per person

Gates open: 6pm
Show begins: 7pm

Pack your chairs and picnics and spend a glorious summer’s evening watching this timeless love story, performed by Opera Brava and accompanied by a full orchestra.

The performance takes place in the Rose Garden.

Chatsworth Friends benefit from 10% off tickets to this event. Learn more about becoming a Friend.

View also Carmen by Opera Brava on Friday 2 August.

La bohème

In the heart of Paris, four bohemians – a poet, a philosopher, an artist and a musician — are living together, when one freezing night a young woman named Mimì appears at their doorstep. Mimì and the poet, Rodolfo, fall in love. Yet the initial romance gives way to a sombre reality; Mimì is seriously ill, and Rodolfo, living in poverty, struggles to take care of her.

A timeless classic, Puccini's masterful composition evokes the vibrant atmosphere of bohemian Paris, while capturing both the euphoria and fragility of the human experience. The score includes highlights such as ‘Quando m’en vo’ and ‘Sì, mi chiamano Mimì’.


The garden is accessible however, the opera is on the lawn which is sloping in places and can be quite slippery. The picnic area, on Salisbury Lawn in front of the Rose Garden, is flat. 


1. Will the show still take place if the weather is poor?

The show will take place whatever the weather, so please come prepared for all weather conditions.

2. Does my ticket include admission to the garden during the day?

No, tickets include admission to the garden from 6pm. You can also buy day tickets to the garden.

3. What refreshments are available?

There will be sandwiches and freshly made pasties, as well as tea and coffee available to buy on the night.

4. Can I bring gazebos, tents, barbecues or awnings?

Please bring along your own picnic rugs and chairs. Unfortunately barbecues, gazebos, tents, awnings and Chinese lanterns are not permitted.

5. Do children pay?

Children aged 3 and under get into the event for free and do not require a ticket. Children aged 4 and over will need to purchase a ticket for the event at the prices quoted above.

6. What's the last day for booking tickets online?

Online booking will be available until 2pm on the day of the show, after which tickets will be available on site at till points, and at the entrance to the event, subject to availability. Please note that this event is extremely popular and may sell out before the night of the performance.

7. Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

8. Can I take photographs?

Photographs are permitted for non-commercial purposes.

9. Can I bring a dog?

It is not suitable to bring your dog to this event.

10. Is there discount for groups?

There are no group discounts for the event.

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