This event is being postponed due to the efforts to slow the COVID-19 coronavirus. Patrons with tickets will be contacted directly as soon as possible, once new dates are in place.
La bohème explores the love affair between the penniless poet Rodolfo and the seamstress Mimì, contrasting it with the more light-hearted affair between the painter Marcello and the singer Musetta. Mimì is gravely ill with tuberculosis and she and Rodolfo decide to separate so that Mimì can find a wealthier lover to provide her with the care she needs. They are reunited in Mimì’s final hours when she returns to the only man she ever loved.
Director Richard Jones’s wonderful production of La bohème, revived by Julia Burbach, captures both the opera’s humour and its tragedy, while Stewart Laing’s eye-catching designs bring 19th-century Paris to life, particularly in Act II with its dazzling shopping arcades and café. The score is one of Puccini’s finest, with highlights including Rodolfo and Mimì’s Act I arias and love duet, Act II’s Christmas choruses and the heartbreaking final scene in which Mimì and Rodolfo are reunited.
The fantastic cast include America tenor Charles Castronovo (Rodolfo) and Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva (Mimì), along with Polish baritone Andrzej Filończyk as Marcello, Russian soprano Aida Garifullina in her Royal Opera debut as Musetta, Hungarian baritone, and former jette Parker Young Artist, Gyula Nagy as Schaunard and Slovakian bass Peter Kellner as Colline. French conductor Emmanuel Villaume conducts.
Filmed during a live event, the Live Cinema Series broadcasts offer audiences an equivalent to the best seat in the house, with incredibly detailed close-ups of the performers. The Live Cinema Series is sponsored in part by Shakespeare Walla Walla.
This screening has an approximate runtime of 2 hours 45 minutes, including one intermission. Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks will be available for purchase, and may be taken into the theater.
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The 2020 Live Cinema Series is supported by Shakespeare Walla Walla, a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that aims to make Shakespeare and theater approachable and entertaining to students in eastern Washington and Oregon.
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