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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Shakespeare saved his best for last: his final play, The Tempest is his most magical and engrossing tale. It follows the adventures of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle abounding with fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance. When a shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, the plot thickens as his beloved daughter falls for one of the castaways. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy this outdoor production from the Olney Theatre Center at the Root Family Stage. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the National Players -- OTC's touring company of young professional actors -- celebrated National Player "veterans" will compose half the cast while current company members will take the younger roles. See event description for more details. 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