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La Boheme

Music by Giacomo Pucinni

Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

University Opera Theatre with the University Symphony Orchestra

Power Center for the Performing Arts

November 8 - 11, 2008


The Story:
What could be more magical than to fall in love in Paris? In one of the most touching romances ever imagined, a poor poet of the Latin Quarter meets his charming young neighbor by accident and both become completely smitten with each other. The youthful gaiety and optimism of their Bohemian lives does not endure forever when jealousy and serious illness wrench the lovers apart. Filled with tenderness and pathos, La Bohème captures the enthusiasm of youth and the joy of true love.

Artistic Significance:

La Bohème has won the hearts of audiences since its premiere in 1896. It features such exquisite and favorite arias such as “Mi chiammano Mimi,” “Che gelida manina,” and the flirtatious waltz “Quando m’en vo.” The New York Times declared Bohème “the world’s most popular opera.” Bohème has even twice appeared on Broadway - updated in the Tony Award-winning Rent and an operatic version directed by Baz Luhrmann in 2002 to great acclaim. Whether this is your first experience or your tenth, La Bohème’s spirited music and universal tale is sure to capture both your imagination and heart.



  Nov. 8 & 10, 2007 Nov. 9 & 11, 2007
Marcello Wes Mason Jonathan Bryan Smith
Rodolfo Steven Tompkins Bernard D. Holcomb
Colline Andrew Harris Edward Hanlon
Schaunard Joseph Roberts  Jeremiah Butterfield
Benoit/Alcindoro George Shirley George Shirley
Mimi Rhea Olivaccé  Amita Prakash
Parpignol Austin Stewart  Austin Stewart
Musetta Amanda Opuszynski Nicole Greenidge



la boheme


Director Kay Walker Castaldo
Conductor Martin Katz
Scenic Designer Peter Harrison
Costume Designer Meghann O'Malley Powell
Lighting Designer

Judith M. Daitsman

Wig & Makeup Designer Erin Kenndy Lunsford
Stage Manager Brett Finley



Production Photos

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Click here to view the Bohème program

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower