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La Boheme

On April 10th at 1:00pm enjoy an encore performance of Puccini's LaBoheme. New York Classical Review said this of the 2017 premiere: Puccini’s Parisian chestnut had a strong season premiere Monday night, opening the first of two Met runs this season. The story of the evening, no question, was the excellent company debut of Angel Blue as Mimì, a role that has served as a memorable introduction for many sopranos.

Dave Jones, Empire West Photo

The characters in Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème start out as broad archetypes:  the moody poet, a fun-loving musician, a lonely young woman dreaming of love, a flirtatious party girl…

They're drawn in broad strokes, and it’s easy for everyone to see something of themselves, or their friends, in this group.

But as the cast of this summer’s Finger Lakes Opera production of La Boheme discussed – the opera’s true power lies in how all these characters change. 

Jorrell Williams says he found opera almost by accident in school music class, and found a love of both traditional roles and exciting new stories contemporary composers are approaching through opera. Elaine Alvarez heard opera from birth thanks to her music teacher mom, and she has remained in love with the "elemental communication" of music.

July 2017 Rochester Philharmonic Programs

Jun 29, 2017
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

  7/3        Puccini:  La Boheme (Madrigalia, Cary Ratcliff, dir; Bach Children's Chorus, Karla Krogstad, dir; Ward Stare, cond)

7/10      Ron Nelson: Savannah River Holiday Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (Jon Nakamatsu, p; Ward Stare, cond)

7/17      Picker:  Old and Lost Rivers  Beethoven:  Piano Concerto No. 2 Elgar:  Symphony No. 2 (Andrew Von Oeyen, p; Christopher Seaman, cond)

Your Rochester Philharmonics Orchestra closes out the season with a partially-staged production of Puccini's much loved opera "La Boheme." RPO Music Director Ward Stare brought director Grant Preisser, along with Inn Dukach (Mimi) and Harold Meers (Rudolfo) to talk with Julia Figueras about the performance. Along the way, there was much laughter, and a few very touching moments...not unlike the opera itself.