What better way to open the season than with an inspired new production of Puccini's ultra-romantic blockbuster, La bohème?
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 and characters that touch the very heart of our humanity. With sweeping orchestral and choral music, this original production from director Davide Livermore shines a spotlight on the true bohemian influences at the turn of the century by showcasing the intensely moving impressionist art created at the turn of the 20th Century.
Soprano Norah Amsellem, who received audience and critical acclaim as Desdemona in Otello in 2010 and who frequently performs in Paris, London and Vienna, returns to sing the role of Mimí. Academy of Vocal Arts alumni-turned-international tenor Bryan Hymel makes his company debut as Rodolfo. Returning to the stage as the tumultuous couple Marcello and Musetta are two Philadelphia favorites, baritone Troy Cook and soprano Leah Partridge. Music Director Corrado Rovaris conducts Puccini’s captivating score.
Audio excerpts from Opera Philadelphia’s 2006 performances of La bohème. Selections include the lovers’ duet “O soave fanciulla”, the opening of Act II, Musetta’s Waltz “Quando m’en vo’”, Act III Lovers’ Quartet, and the Act IV bohemians’ comic dueling match. Performers include Roger Honeywell (Rodolfo), Ermonela Jaho (Mimì), Sari Gruber (Musetta) and Troy Cook (Marcello), the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus, with the Commonwealth Youth Choirs, conducted by Maestro Corrado Rovaris.
At the Academy of Music
Friday, September 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Estimated Running Time:
Approximately 2 hours, 30 min
Performed in Italian