Opera Pacific Presents Puccini's La Bohème
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The last date listed for Puccini's La Bohème was Thursday November 1, 2007 / 7:30pm.
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With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the compelling true story of Eva Perón comes to vivid life through stunning showstoppers like "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and "High Flying Adored." Evita follows the path of the small-town peasant girl as she uses her considerable smarts and charisma to rise from the slums of Argentina to President Juan Perón's side as first lady, becoming one of South America's most powerful women. Though she was much beloved by her people as the voice of the poor, her inevitable downfall came through her unwavering ambition and a devastating illness, making her one of history's most tragic and dramatic figures. Direct from Broadway and making its first national tour, this stunning production is directed by Tony nominee Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony winner Rob Ashford. Learn More
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Opera Pacific, led by Artistic Director John DeMain, presents Puccini’s La Bohème at Segerstrom Hall of Orange County Performing Arts Center. The production will be conducted by Edoardo Müller, and directed by Michael Scarola. <p>Drenched in romance and filled with gorgeous music, Puccini’s La Bohème is one of the world’s most beloved operas. It literally has it all: heart-wrenching drama and frothy comedy, fast-moving action and one of the classic three-hanky endings of all time. This poignant production frames La Bohème in Paris at the outbreak of World War I, contrasting the elegance of the belle époque with the march of industrialization and war. The arias, some of the best known in all of opera, include “Mi chiamano Mimi” and “Che gelida manina.” La Bohème will be sung in Italian with English translation projected above the stage.</p> <p>With these performances, Opera Pacific begins its 22nd season. Since its inception Opera Pacific has been the resident opera company of the Orange County Performing Arts Center for the entire history of the venue. </p> <p>The cast of La Bohème includes American soprano Kelly Kaduce as Mimi, Mexican born tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz as Rodolfo, and returning to Opera Pacific in the role of Colline, Andrew Gangestad.</p> <p>Kelly Kaduce began the 2006-2007 season reprising the role of Cio-Cio San inMadama Butterlfy for Boston Lyric Opera and starred in two world premiere productions. Minnesota Opera welcomed her in Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath singing the role of Rosasharn, which Kaduce followed with the title role in Anna Karenina by composer David Carlson for Florida Grand Opera. </p> <p>Arturo Chacón-Cruz made his Italian debut this season with Teatro Comunale di Bologna singing Rodolfo in La Bohème, his Spanish debut as Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac with Valencia Opera opposite Plácido Domingo, his debut with Teatro di San Carlo in Naples as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, his French debut with Festival de Radio France and Montpellier Opera singing Marcello di Bruges in Il Duca d’Alba, and his debut as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette with Detroit Opera.</p> <p>Andrew Gangestad returns to Opera Pacific singing the role of Colline, after singing the role of Leporello in last season’s Don Giovanni and singing twice in the 2005-2006 season (Ramfis in Aïda and Angelotti in Tosca). In the 2004-05 season, he sang at the Metropolitan Opera as Colline in La Bohème, Vaudemont in I Vespri Siciliani, and Lignière in the company premiere of Cyrano de Bergérac. He also sang at Sarasota Opera as Leporello in Don Giovanni and Carnegie Hall as Hermit in Der Freischütz with Opera Orchestra of New York. The bass’s engagements for the 2005-06 season included returning to the Metropolitan Opera as Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, and Lignière in Cyrano de Bergerac. </p>
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