Boston – The timeless characters of Mimi, Rodolfo, Musetta, and Marcello, who have captivated the hearts of audiences for generations, will grace the mainstage of the Boston University Theatre this April in Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, presented by the Boston University School of Music Opera Institute and School of Theatre. Conducted by William Lumpkin and directed by Sharon Daniels, La Bohème features two casts of singers and a chamber orchestra from the BU School of Music, with design and production from the BU School of Theatre.
La Bohème runs April 19-22.
This beloved opera about love, tragedy, and the Bohemian life set in the Latin Quarter of Paris, is based on Scenes de la vie de Bohème by Henri Murger. A favorite of opera lovers in countless productions all over the world since its premiere in 1896, its powerful story and music have also inspired modern classics such as Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical Rent, and the opera itself enjoyed a successful Broadway run in 2003 staged by Baz Luhrmann. “The chance to produce La Bohème presents itself rarely in a university setting,” says Sharon Daniels, Director of the Opera Institute and Stage Director of this production. “At the Opera Institute we always choose repertoire that is healthy and appropriate for the singers in our programs, and this year we are blessed with two superior casts and excellent covers. As a stage director, there is nothing more exciting than working on the creative process and staging a timeless piece like La Bohème with young people—all the artists (including the designers) bring their youth and personal experience to the process, and the singers bring fresh voices and credible acting. These elements allow us to come together to share what we most want to create—opera as theater.”
La Bohème is one of two featured operas in the twentieth anniversary season of the Boston University Opera Institute, which was founded by renowned soprano Phyllis Curtin during her tenure as Dean of the College of Fine Arts. André de Quadros, Director of the BU School of Music, raves, “The Opera Institute has emerged as a flagship of the School of Music; every season is imaginative, exciting, and artistically compelling. What our students produce is as excellent as the best in the nation.”
The Boston University Opera Institute is one of the premier programs of the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts. Founded in 1987 by Dean Emerita Phyllis Curtin, and under the leadership of Director of Opera Programs Sharon Daniels since 1995, the Opera Institute is a non-degree professional training program for the advanced singer preparing for an operatic career. It also serves as the center of opera training for vocal performance majors who audition for roles to perform alongside Opera Institute singers. Graduates of the Opera Institute go on to pursue high profile careers in major American companies and leading European opera houses, win prestigious competitions, and to appear on a variety of recording labels. In addition to the Opera Institute certificate program, the School of Music offers degrees in performance, composition and theory, musicology, music education, collaborative piano, historical performance, as well as artist and performance diplomas.
The Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre, founded in 1954, is one of the country’s leading institutions for the study of acting, stage management, design and production, and all aspects of the theatrical profession. Since 1982, the School of Theatre has enjoyed an educational and artistic collaboration with the Huntington Theatre Company, the professional theatre in residence at Boston University. Other professional theatre affiliations include Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Guthrie Theater, Olney Theatre Center, Pendragon Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Notable School of Theatre alumni include Jason Alexander, Michael Chiklis, Geena Davis, Faye Dunaway, Andrew Lack, Stewart Lane, Julianne Moore, Wynn Thomas, and Alfre Woodard.
The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.
PRESS RELEASE AT A GLANCE
Boston University Schools of Music and Theatre present
BU Opera Institute and Chamber Orchestra in
Thursday, April 19, 7:30pm
Friday, April 20, 7:30pm
Saturday, April 21, 7:30pm
Sunday, April 22, 2:00pm
By Giacomo Puccini
Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Based on Scénes de la vie de Bohème by Henri Murger
William Lumpkin, Conductor
Sharon Daniels, Stage Director
Supertitles in English by Allison Voth
The timeless story of the struggles of young love, set within a rich tapestry of Bohemian life.
Boston University Theatre, Mainstage
264 Huntington Avenue, Boston
$20 General Admission
$15 BU alumni, Huntington subscribers, WGBH members, students, and senior citizens
Members of the BU community receive one free ticket per BU ID at the door on the day of the performance, subject to availability
Tickets can be purchased online at www.BostonTheatreScene.com, by phone at 617-933-8600, or in person at the Boston University Theatre box office.