Why See San Francisco Opera: La Boheme?
Back by popular demand
San Francisco Opera presents Puccini's classic love story, in co-production with Houston Grand opera and Canadian Opera Company. Helming proceedings is John Caird, whose directorial credits include LA Opera's 2013 production of Tosca and the original 1985 West End staging of Les Miserables, which is still running some 30 years later. Conductor Carlo Montanaro will be at the podium, and the extraordinarily talented cast includes Arturo Chacon-Cruz as Rudolfo and Erika Grimaldi and Julie Adams alternating as Mimi.
What is the story of La Boheme
Set in 1840s Paris, La Boheme tells of the doomed love between a struggling poet Rodolfo, and a seamstress Mimi. Their love is an all-consuming one, yet it's ultimately dashed by the poverty which surrounds them. Since its premiere in 1896, La Boheme has grown into one of the most beloved operas in the world, with only Puccini's other masterwork Madama Butterfly rivalling it for sheer popularity. As Romeo and Juliet is to theatre, La Boheme is to opera, managing to exude an achingly romantic tenderness but never once slipping over into sentimentality.
Opening night: 10 June 2017
Two hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission
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Sung in Italian with English subtitles
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