About the Opera

An inspired new production of Puccini’s ultra-romantic blockbuster, La bohème opens the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s 2012-2013 Season!  The timeless story of a shy seamstress and a passionate poet who chance upon each other on a snowy Parisian evening, La bohème is known for its lush melodies, sweeping orchestral work, and characters that touch the very heart of our humanity. 

This original production by Italian director/designer Davide Livermore (Cinderella, ’06) creates a classically beautiful setting at the turn of the 20th Century, and prominently features over two dozen of the world’s most celebrated masterpieces from The Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as renowned art from around the world.  The imagery will come to vivid life through large-scale, HD projections, shining a spotlight on the bohemian influences of the era with creations by artists such as Renoir, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Cassatt.

The all-star cast includes soprano Norah Amsellem, a frequent leading lady in Paris, London, and Vienna, as Mimì, and tenor Bryan Hymel, a graduate of Philadelphia’s own Academy of Vocal Arts who recently thrilled London audiences in Royal Opera Covent Garden’s Les Troyens, in his Company debut as Rodolfo.  Baritone Troy Cook and soprano Leah Partridge return as the tumultuous Marcello and Musetta, with Maestro Corrado Rovaris conducting.