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May 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, & 19, 2020

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Opera's Quintessential Love Story

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Overview

Puccini’s score is intoxicatingly beautiful… The visual aspect of the production was magical.”

The Seattle Times


By Giacomo Puccini

A smash hit for over a century, this profoundly romantic story of four young Parisians who sacrifice everything for art and love is guaranteed to touch your heart. Puccini’s unmatched gift for melody adds remarkable poignancy to the simple joys and heartbreaking sorrows of the idealistic bohemians. Camaraderie, compassion, and sincere emotional truths make the very human characters among the most appealing in opera. Their sweeping passions, masterfully conveyed by an iconic score, make La bohème easy to love—and impossible to forget.

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La bohème, Seattle Opera, 2013 © Elise Bakketun

In Italian with English Subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 2 hours, 36 minutes, including 2 intermissions

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Synopsis

ACT I
Rodolfo is a poet, sharing a garret in Paris with his Bohemian friends: Marcello, a painter; Schaunard, a musician; and Colline, a philosopher. The men scrape along, picking up odd jobs and joking about their poverty as they pursue their arts. On Christmas Eve, a seamstress named Mimì knocks on the door. Her candle has blown out, and she asks Rodolfo for a light so she can return to her own apartment. At one touch of her cold little hand, Rodolfo falls in love with the fragile Mimì. He introduces himself in the aria “Che gelida manina.” She responds with an aria of her own, “Mi chiamano Mimì,” and their voices blend as they sing of love in the duet “O soave fanciulla.”

ACT II
Meanwhile, buoyed by an unexpected windfall, Rodolfo’s friends have gathered at the Café Momus to watch the people passing by and to enjoy a good meal. Rodolfo brings Mimì to the party. Marcello’s lover Musetta arrives with her latest protector, the wealthy and much older Alcindoro. As she sings her famous waltz, Musetta torments Marcello and Alcindoro, finally sending the older man away by pretending her foot hurts and demanding a new pair of shoes. While Alcindoro is gone, Musetta falls into Marcello’s arms and charges the Bohemians’ meal to Alcindoro’s account, much to the amusement of the crowd at the café. The friends leave together.

ACT III
On a cold winter morning some months later, Mimì seeks out Marcello. She wants his advice about Rodolfo, whose unreasonable jealousy is ruining their life together. Marcello tries to comfort her. When Rodolfo arrives, Mimì hides and Marcello questions him about Mimì. Rodolfo begins by accusing Mimì of being a flirt, but then confesses his real reason for trying to drive her off: Mimì’s coughing is growing worse, and Rodolfo has no money to provide medicine for her. Overhearing this, Mimì approaches Rodolfo and bids him goodbye in the aria “Donde lieta.” Grief stricken, the pair cannot bear to part yet and pledge to stay together until the spring.

ACT IV
One afternoon in the springtime, Rodolfo writes and Marcello paints at the garret, but their thoughts keep straying to their former sweethearts. Schaunard and Colline try to cheer the others up with a cheap supper, but the arrival of Musetta with a now drastically ill Mimì sobers all the men. Musetta gives her earrings to Marcello to pay for a doctor, and Colline decides to pawn his coat to help the girl (aria: “Vecchia zimarra”). Rodolfo stays by Mimì’s side, trying to cheer her by recalling their first meeting on the night that her candle blew out. The Bohemians return with their gifts, but it is too late. Mimì rallies for a few moments and then passes away. The distraught Rodolfo is the last to realize that she is dead.

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Cast

Jonathan Tetelman

Rodolfo

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Rodolfo, La bohème

Hometown: Titusville, NJ
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Rodolfo, La bohème (English National Opera); Werther, Werther (Opera del Teatro Solis, Uruguay); Duca, Rigoletto (Berkshire Opera Festival)
Upcoming: Mario Cavaradossi, Tosca (Gran Teatre del Liceu); Verdi’s Requiem (Tanglewood Music Festival/Boston Symphony Orchestra); Rodolfo, Luisa Miller (English National Opera)

Last Updated: December 2018

Jonathan Tetelman

Rodolfo

Seattle Opera Debut
May 2, 8, 10, 13, 16, & 19

Yosep Kang

Rodolfo

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Rodolfo, La bohème

Hometown: Berlin, Germany
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Rodolfo, La bohème (Opera Australia, Melbourne); Raoul de Nangis, Les Huguenots (Opera Natoinal de Paris); Gualtiero, Il pirate (Amigos de la Opera de A Coruna)
Upcoming: Rodolfo, La bohème (Vancouver Opera)

Last Updated: December 2018

Yosep Kang

Rodolfo

Seattle Opera Debut
May 3, 6, 9, & 15

Angel Blue

Mimì

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Mimì, La bohème

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Seattle Opera Debut: Clara, Porgy and Bess (’11)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Bess, Porgy and Bess (’18); Violetta, La traviata (’17)
Recently: Musetta, La Bohème (Metropolitan Opera); Violetta, La traviata (Royal Opera House); Marguerite, Faust (Portland Opera)
Upcoming: Mimì, La bohème (Canadian Opera Company & Semperoper Dresden); Tosca, Tosca (Aix en Provence Opera Festival); Bess, Porgy and Bess (Metropolitan Opera)

Last Updated: December 2018

 

Angel Blue

Mimì

May 2, 8, 10, 13, 16, & 19

Vanessa Vasquez

Mimì

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Mimì, La bohème

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Micaela, Carmen (Dallas Opera)
Upcoming: Violetta, La traviata (Arizona Opera); Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte (Lyric Opera of Kansas City); Mimì, La bohème (Opera Philadelphia)

Last Updated: December 2018

Vanessa Vasquez

Mimì

Seattle Opera Debut
May 3, 6, 9, & 15

Will Liverman

Marcello

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Marcello, La bohème

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Seattle Opera Debut: Raimbaud, Count Ory (’16)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (’17)
Recently: Malcom Fleet, Marnie (Metropolitan Opera); Papageno, The Magic Flute (Central City Opera); Tommy McIntyre, Fellow Travelers (Lyric Opera of Chicago)
Upcoming: The Pilot, The Little Prince (Tulsa Opera); Schaunard, La bohème (Opera Philadelphia); Foreman at the Mill, Jenufa (Santa Fe Opera)

Last Updated: December 2018

Will Liverman

Marcello

May 2, 8, 10, 13, 16, & 19

Adrian Timpau

Marcello

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Marcello, La bohème

Hometown: Nisporeni, Moldova
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Larkens, La fanciulla del West (Metropolitan Opera); Escamillo, Carmen (Opera Philadelphia); Eustachio, The Siege of Calais (Glimmerglass Festival)
Upcoming: Moralès, Carmen (Metropolitan Opera); Nardo, La finta giardiniera (Operhaus Zürich); Marcello, La bohème (Seattle Opera)

Last Updated: December 2018

Adrian Timpau

Marcello

Seattle Opera Debut
May 3, 6, 9, & 15

Ginger Costa-Jackson

Musetta

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Cinderella, Cinderella, Musetta, La bohème, and Three Singing Sisters

Hometown: Palermo, Sicily
Seattle Opera Debut: Dorabella, Così fan tutte (’18)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Carmen, Carmen ('19)
Recently: Rosina, The Barber of Seville (Opera de Toulon); Carmen, Carmen (New National Theatre Tokyo); Maddalena, Rigoletto (Los Angeles Opera)
Upcoming: Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro (La Monnaie) Despina, Cosi fan Tutte, (Opéra de Paris); Musetta, La bohème (Seattle Opera)

Last Updated: August 2019

Ginger Costa-Jackson

Musetta

May 2, 8, 10, 13, 16, & 19

Brandie Sutton

Musetta

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Musetta, La bohème

Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Seattle Opera Debut: Clara, Porgy and Bess (’18)
Recently: Pamina, The Magic Flute (Kentucky Opera); Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi, and Madame Silberklang, The Impresario (Knoxville Opera)
Upcoming: Bess, Porgy and Bess (South Florida Symphony); Featured Artist (Detroit Symphony Orchestra); Featured Artist (Richmond Symphony Orchestra

Last Updated: December 2018

Brandie Sutton

Musetta

May 3, 6, 9, & 15

Ashraf Sewailam

Colline

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Colline, La bohème

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Seattle Opera Debut: Colline, La bohème (’07)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Leporello, Don Giovanni ('14); Mandarin, Turandot (’12); Pistol, Falstaff (’10)
Recently: Osmin, The Abduction from the Seraglio (Opera San Jose); Ferrando, Il trovatore (Central City Opera); The Speaker, The Magic Flute (Central City Opera)
Upcoming:  Queequeg, Moby Dick (Opera San Jose); Colline,  La bohème (Austin Opera); Don Bartolo, The Barber of Seville (Chautauqua Opera Festival)


Last updated: December 2018

Ashraf Sewailam

Colline

May 2, 8, 10, 13, 16, & 19

Federico De Michelis

Colline

Federico De Michelis

Colline

Seattle Opera Debut
May 3, 6, 9, & 15

Eugene Villanueva

Schaunard

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Schaunard, La bohème

Hometown: Daly City, CA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Rodrigo, Don Carlo (Staatstheater Braunschweig); Escamillo, Carmen (Staatstheater Braunschweig)

Last Updated: December 2018

Eugene Villanueva

Schaunard

May 2, 8, 10, 13, 16, & 19

Theo Hoffman

Schaunard

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Schaunard, La bohème

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Mr. Kallenbach, Satyagraha (LA Opera); The Steward, Flight (Des Moines Metro Opera); Maximilian, Candide (LA Opera)
Upcoming: Paul, Les Enfants Terribles (Opera Omaha)

Last Updated: December 2018

Theo Hoffman

Schaunard

Seattle Opera Debut
May 3, 6, 9, & 15

Cast

Creative Team

Joseph Colaneri

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: La bohème

Hometown: New York City, NY
Seattle Opera Debut
Music Director of The Glimmerglass Festival
Recently: Mefistofele (Metropolitan Opera); La bohème (Teatro Colón); The Barber of Seville (Glimmerglass Festival)

Last Updated: December 2018

Joseph Colaneri

Conductor

Seattle Opera Debut

Peter Kazaras

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: The Turn of the Screw
At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: La bohème

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Directing Debut: Norma (’03)
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Turn of the Screw (’18); An American Dream (’15 and ’17); The Consul (’14); Falstaff (’10)
Recently: The Barber of Seville (Washington National Opera); The Ring of Polykrates (Dallas Opera); The Marriage of Figaro (Washington National Opera)
Upcoming: The Ghosts of Versailles (Chautauqua Opera Festival); Samson and Delilah (Washington National Opera)

Last Updated: February 2019

Peter Kazaras

Director

Erhard Rom

Set Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Eugene Onegin, La bohème

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Semele (’15)
Recently: Silent Night (Washington National Opera); Rigoletto (Wolf Trap Opera); Eugene Onegin (Hawaii Opera Theatre)
Upcoming: Silent Night (Austin Opera); Moby Dick (Opera San Jose); La bohème (Dallas Opera)

Last Updated: December 2018

Erhard Rom

Set Designer

Martin Pakledinaz

Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: La bohème

Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI
Seattle Opera Debut: Orphée et Eurydice (’88)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Der Ring des Nibelungen (’01, ’05, ’09); Lohengrin (’94, ’04); Iphigénie en Tauride (’07)

Martin Pakledinaz designed costumes around the world for the most prominent houses in opera, dance, and theater. His designs have been seen at Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera, and houses in France, Japan, Austria, and Germany. He designed for such dance companies as Mark Morris Dance Group, San Francisco Ballet, and New York City Ballet, and his designs were also often seen on Broadway, where he won two Tony Awards.

Martin Pakledinaz

Costume Designer

John Keene

Chorusmaster

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Rigoletto, Cinderella, Eugene Onegin, La bohème

Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Seattle Opera Debut: Chorusmaster, Fidelio (’12)
Recently: Conductor, As One (Seattle Opera); Chorusmaster, Rigoletto (Seattle Opera); Assistant Conductor, Der Ring des Nibelungen (Seattle Opera)
Upcoming: Chorusmaster, Cinderella and Eugene Onegin (Seattle Opera); Judge, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; Pianist, Three Singing Sisters (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: August 2019

John Keene

Chorusmaster

Creative Team

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Main Image © Philip Newton | Photos: La bohème, Seattle Opera, 2013 © Elise Bakketun