Young Bohemian artists face the struggles of romance, friendship and tragedy in this timeless story of love and loss. Director David Schmidt transports Pucinni’s acclaimed opera from 1800s Paris to a 2017 apartment. The classic tale of love, youth and poverty centers around a poet, a musician, a painter and a philosopher. In the four-act opera, the impoverished artists devise schemes to pay for rent and food, all while pursuing their passions and caring for each other.
“Whether it is set in 1840 or in 2017 like our production, audiences can get caught up in the sweeping melodies and tragic drama of this masterpiece,” said Schmidt. “It has been an exciting challenge to make the story contemporary. The singers are the same age as the characters in the opera. They have created real-life situations that the audience will understand and recognize. The one thing that does not change is the love story.”
Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
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