Washington National Opera: La bohème
Puccini's timeless tale of young bohemians in Paris struggling to fulfill their dreams and find love returns in a brand-new production filled with moonlit duets, snowy streets, rowdy celebrations, and heartrending tears.
- Nov. 1 - 15, 2014
- Opera House
- Approx. 2-1/4 hours
- $25.00 - $300.00
La bohème (1896)
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, after Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger
New WNO production
Puccini's "radiant, supremely expressive musical portraiture [has] helped make La bohème one of the world's most popular operas."--NPR
Deep in the heart of Paris's Latin Quarter--where music and dancing swirl nightly at the Café Momus--Mimì, a lovely seamstress of delicate health, meets handsome poet Rodolfo. Eccentric singer Musetta flirts and feuds with painter Marcello. And Colline, a philosopher, and Schaunard, a musician, do their best to distract the landlord from the rent. Through jealous breakups and rekindled romances, rowdy celebrations and tender tears, these six friends fight to keep their passions burning bright, hoping spring cures a tragic illness looming in their midst.
Puccini's timeless tale of young bohemians struggling to fulfill their dreams, find love, and stay warm through a harsh Parisian winter returns to the Opera House in a brand-new production by renowned British director Jo Davies. An exciting cast of attractive artists--many of them making their WNO debuts--brings a fresh perspective to all of the opera's expressive arias, moonlit duets, and radiant ensemble passages in performances conducted by WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin and Timothy Myers.
With gorgeous sets and costumes by Lee Savage and Jennifer Moeller, two young American designers also new to WNO's ranks, the City of Light's snowy streets, drafty tenements, and nightclub diversions come to life in a production certain to linger in the memory long after its final heartrending scene.
Rodolfo: Saimir Pirgu (Nov. 1, 4, 7, 9m, 12, 15m) / Alexey Dolgov (Nov. 2m, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15e)
Mimì: Corinne Winters* (Nov. 1, 4, 7, 9m, 12, 15m) / Tatiana Monogarova* (Nov. 2m, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15e)
Marcello: John Chest* (Nov. 1, 4, 7, 9m, 12, 15m) / Trevor Scheunemann^ (Nov. 2m, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15e)
Musetta: Alyson Cambridge (Nov. 1, 4, 7, 9m, 12, 15m) / Leah Partridge* (Nov. 2m, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15e)
Colline: Joshua Bloom* (Nov. 1, 4, 7, 9m, 12, 15m) / Musa Ngqungwana* (Nov. 2m, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15e)
Schaunard: Steven LaBrie* (Nov. 1, 4, 7, 9m, 12, 15m) / Christian Bowers** (Nov. 2m, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15e)
Benoit/Alcindoro: Donato DiStefano
Conductor: Philippe Auguin (Nov. 1, 2m, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9m, 10, 12, 15e) / Timothy Myers* (Nov. 13, 14, 15m)
Director: Jo Davies*
Set Designer: Lee Savage*
Costume Designer: Jennifer Moeller*
Lighting Designer: Bruno Poet*
Choreographer: Ben Wright*
* WNO debut
** Current Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist
^ Former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist
In Italian with projected English titles. Titles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.
Performance Timing: Acts I & II - 55 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Acts III & IV: 54 min.
COME EARLY FOR FREE OPERA INSIGHTS
Musicologist Saul Lilienstein leads the Thursday, November 13 Opera Insight, starting 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and lasting 35–40 minutes. All other Opera Insights start 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera.
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of La bohème.
STAY AFTER FOR A FREE ARTIST Q&A
Following these performances:
Sunday matinees, November 2 & 9
Monday evening, November 10
Join WNO artists for a unique opportunity to ask questions about the production.
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.
Major support for WNO is provided by Jacqueline Badger Mars.
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of WNO.
General Dynamics is the proud sponsor of WNO's 2014-2015 Season.
Generous support for WNO Italian opera is provided by Daniel and Gayle D'Aniello.
La bohème is a production of the Clarice Smith Opera Series.
Group of 20 or more? Group Sales offers special terms and discounts for most performances.
Tickets & Schedule
- Audio Described
- Exclusive presale to donors
- Exclusive presale to WNO Subscribers
- Exclusive presale to NSO Subscribers
- On sale to MyTix members
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