Washington National Opera Presents Puccini's La Bohème
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The last date listed for La Bohème was Sunday September 30, 2007 / 2:00pm.
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Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning writer-director Aaron Posner (The Chosen) mounts an encore performance of his latest play at the always-innovative Woolly Mammoth Theatre after its runaway success last summer. Helmed by the company's artistic director Howard Shalwitz, this admittedly loose and frequently irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull follows a famous actress whose son, an aspiring theater director, wants make a name for himself on his own. But when his muse, the lovely Nina, falls for his mother's lover, all kinds of romantic and artistic disappointment ensue. Posner turns the original play's famous subtext into scenes and songs, calling Stupid F***ing Bird "a rough-and-tumble meta-theatrical mash-up." Learn More
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While I certainly had some nits to pick about some directorial choices, there were a number of nuances I really liked (using the live video camera, and a wonderful photo montage), and the singing was fabulous!
The second act was the weakest...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“This is not your father’s La Bohème. But it works.” —The Washington Times
“There are some wonderful things going on here visually…. Above all, there is a strong enough theatrical flair at work throughout the venture to deliver the most important elements of Bohème more or less intact.” —The Baltimore Sun
“Conductor Emmanuel Villaume shapes the work with love, lyricism, and an unfailing sense of proportion. The casting is strong, and better than that when Vittorio Grigolo is onstage….” —The Washington Post
To read about the history of La Bohème, click here.
Perhaps more than any other classic opera, La Bohème lends itself to contemporary interpretation. Innovative director Mariusz Trelinski updates Puccini’s timeless tale in an extraordinary new production, following the stories of a circle of young artists who long for a deeper connection to society.
This production is from Teatr Wielki-National Opera Warsaw.
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Sung in Italian with English supertitles