AS the Artsreach summer season of events draws to a close, theatre-goers have one final treat in store. Next month Opera Holloway will perform a contemporary new production of Puccini’s thrilling and passionate love story, La Bohème in North Dorset.

Yvonne Gallimore, Artsreach co-director, said: “The Artsreach programme exists to make the arts more accessible, and this is exactly what Opera Holloway are striving to do for opera – following two sell-out operatic events in previous years, we are delighted to be presenting a new company this September.”

The opera follows the tale of two impoverished lovers as their relationship unfurls, from its joyous beginnings to its bitter end. Performed in Opera Holloway’s intimate style, the performance captures the raw, consuming power of young love and is accompanied by a chamber ensemble and piano.

Opera Holloway was originally formed in 2009 with the aim of giving young artists the opportunity to perform at the early stages of their careers. The charity has since developed a strong reputation for introducing new audiences to opera by making their productions widely accessible to all.

Artsreach itself is Dorset’s touring arts organisation, giving rural communities across the county the opportunity to see high-quality arts events in their own villages. The organisation was launched in 1990 and receives funding from Dorset Council and Arts Council England.

La Bohème is at Stalbridge Village Hall on Sunday, September 15. Tickets £20, include glass of Prosecco, available via Artsreach website.