MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème on Friday, November 13 and Sunday, November 15 in Overture Hall.
Puccini’s classic opera tells of the lives, loves, and losses of a group of young artists in a Bohemian quarter of Paris.
On Thursday, Kathryn Smith, Madison Opera’s General Director stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the upcoming performances.
“La Bohème is simply perfect,” says Smith. “The passionate music is perfectly matched to the very emotionally-true story of young people dealing with life in all of its happiness and sorrow. Bohème never ages and is perfect for both opera newcomers and opera omnivores.”
La Bohème has been an audience favorite since its first performance on February 1, 1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turn, Italy, performed by opera companies around the world. Its popularity over the past century is undiminished and its ravishing score has inspired generations of artists, including the composer Jonathan Larson, who used it as the basis for his award-winning 1996 musical Rent, and Baz Lurhmann, director of the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge.
“La Bohème is one of the reasons I fell in love with opera and wanted to become an opera conductor,” says John DeMain, Madison Opera’s Artistic Director and conductor. “It has glorious lyricism, engaging and ultimately gripping theater, and is sumptuously written for the orchestra. It is a perfect specimen.”
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