A Youthful and Opulent La Bohème Opens at LA Opera

La Bohème

With a lavish new set and eye-catching costumes, Barrie Kosky’s production of La Bohème kicks off the 2019/2020 season at the LA Opera. 

The LA Opera opened the beloved La Bohème to a packed house at their newly renovated $41 million-dollar plaza at The Music Center making it a black-tie affair to remember. Guests arrived via red carpet to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a cocktail hour filled with champagne and petite fig hors d’oeuvres, complimenting a dashing array of eventgoers, some traditional, in top hats and cream fox stoles, and many in fashion week worthy glittery frocks.

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La Bohème brings you into the romantic city of Paris with bustling cafes and an eclectic gathering of French nightlife. If you blink, you may miss something truly amazing from this conspicuous performance. La Bohème just received a revamp for this production, the first time in 25 years, as the set and costumes were all newly designed which brought an amazing kaleidoscope visual to Christmas Eve in Paris.

With a rotating stage designed by set designer Rufus Didwiszus, filled with some of the most dazzling and glitter-filled costumes by German designer Victoria Behr, who has been named Costume Designer of the Year by numerous outlets, the evening proved itself to be a dazzling showcase for the senses.

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La Bohème is not just for the seasoned opera guest but appeals to a younger generation of art enthusiastic Millennials and Generation Z attendees, with a layering of themes that many can relate to such as heartache, betrayal, jealousy, sickness, and death. That’s just what the LA Opera was hoping for. “Don’t worry. We’ll turn down the lights so nobody can see you cry,” is their tagline for this romantic celebration.

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Mimi, a young seamstress, is played by the award-winning Marina Costa-Jackson, whose stunning soprano voice is introduced as she meets Rodolfo played by Saimir Pirgu. We follow the couple along with the beautiful voice of Musetta, played by Erica Petrocelli, and her lover Marcello played by Kihun Yoon. The story will have your emotions running high as we see both couples break up to try and make up, although it becomes too late for Mimi as she suffers from a chronic case of tuberculosis.

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There is still time to reserve your tickets to see how this dramatic story unfolds. Tickets begin at $24 and can be purchased online at LAOpera.org, by phone at 213.972.8001, or in person at the LA Opera box office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012). For disability access, call 213.972.0777 or email LAOpera@LAOpera.org.


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).