Two young lover’s hands touch in the dark and romance instantly blossoms. They are torn apart by jealousy, but love brings them together again, only to be separated forever by illness and death. A classic romantic tragedy, La Bohème embraces the splendid and frenzied happiness of being young, and the fiery passion of young love. Set in Paris, The City Of Love, the young aspiring artists (The Bohemians) reach for their dreams…but their youthful optimism also has to come to grips with the harsh realities of life and survival.
The most popular and most frequently produced opera in the United States, La Bohème was also the inspiration for the Broadway Musical, Rent. La Bohème is considered to be Puccini’s best opera with its passoniate, soaring melodies and unforgettable arias such as “Che gelida manina” (“Your tiny hand is frozen”) and “Musetta’s Waltz.”
Opera Modesto’s production will be directed by Annalisa Winberg and conducted by Maestro Ryan Murray. La Bohème features recent Opera Modesto star, Ashley Bell (Madama Butterfly) as Mimi and tenor Jeremy Brauner as Rodolfo. Katherine Sanford, Robert Balonek, Ben Brady, Edward Tavalin, Ralph Cato and Shawn Soelberg round out the stellar cast. Center Stage Kids will provide the Children’s Chorus.
“Opera Insights” and inside look at the opera and Opera Modesto’s production will be hosted by Maestro Ryan Murray and author Hillari DeSchane one hour before each performance. The lecture is a half-hour long and included with ticket price.