La Bohème Arrives at the LA Opera and You Don’t Want to Miss It
If you are new to opera or a seasoned attendee, La Bohème will satisfy all your senses. It’s 19th-century Paris, a world capital filled with bustling cafes, bold ideas, and creative energy. Six struggling young artists dream of making it big and finding their perfect matches. Along the way, they learn to celebrate life for all that it’s worth.
No matter how many times you’ve seen it, it still feels new: Puccini’s beloved La Bohème, conducted by James Conlon. Mimi and Rodolfo and their friends-high-spirited young artists, struggling to get by and looking for romance-are back in an entirely new production (LAO’s first new Bohème since 1993).
Conducted by James Conlon and directed by Barrie Kosky, one of Europe’s most extraordinary directors, La Boheme is sure to excite you along with brand new scenery for the story that so many have grown to love.
The story of La Bohème is more relevant than you think. La Boheme premiered at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy, on February 1, 1896, but the elements of the opera’s four acts are still relevant today. The play balances on themes of unemployment, heartache, sickness, and death. Millennials can surely relate.
The four bohemian roommates are three months behind in their rent in Act One, which many can relate to in today’s day and age in Los Angeles, the nation’s third most rent-burdened metropolitan area. In Act Four, they sell their possessions to pay for Mimì’s medical treatment for tuberculosis. Affordable healthcare is a major issue for the nation in 2019. Jealousy, flirting and a lack of communication will have you understanding the breakup in Act Three. The tragic lovers are played by soprano Marina Costa-Jackson in her LAO debut as Mimì and tenor Saimir Pirgu as Rodolfo.
- Saturday, September 14 at 6pm (opening night Opera Ball)
- Sunday, September 22 at 2pm
- Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30pm (newcomer night)
- Saturday, September 28 at 7:30pm (Hispanics for LA Opera night / Aria (under 40) night)
- Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30pm
- Sunday, October 6 at 2pm