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Giacomo Puccini
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Art is life for this group of young bohemians, as they navigate infatuation, poverty, love, and loss in 19th-century Paris. It’s a timeless story that celebrates free-spirited creativity and expresses the romantic power of love with some of the most glorious music ever composed.

Puccini’s massively popular opera returns to the stage in John Caird’s hit production, featuring eye-catching sets assembled from paintings evoking the Belle Époque period.

Connect with us on social by using #COCBoheme | @CanadianOpera

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Details

On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.




CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS

Mimi Angel Blue/Miriam Khalil*
Rodolfo Atalla Ayan/Joshua Guerrero*
Musetta Andriana Chuchman/Danika Lorèn*
Marcello Lucas Meachem/Andrzej Filończyk*
Colline Brandon Cedel/Önay Köse*
Benoit/Alcindoro Donato Di Stefano
Schaunard Phillip Addis/Joel Allison*

Conductor Paolo Carignani
Director John Caird
Set & Costume Designer David Farley
Original Lighting Designer Michael James Clark
Revival Lighting Designer Davida Tkach
Price Family Chorus Master** Sandra Horst


*May 5, 11 (2 p.m.), 22, 2019

**Sandra Horst and the COC Chorus are generously underwritten by Tim & Frances Price

Production originally made possible by
JERRY & GERALDINE HEFFERNAN

With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

Co-production with Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera

Synopsis

SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

Set against the exhilaration and poverty of 19th-century bohemian Paris, poet Rodolfo falls in love with the fragile Mimì, while his painter friend Marcello reunites with his former flame Musetta. Jealousy plagues both couples and they break up. Mimì, deathly ill with tuberculosis, returns to Rodolfo, only to die in his arms.

FULL SYNOPSIS

ACT I

It is Christmas Eve in Paris. Two poverty-stricken young artists, Marcello, a painter, and Rodolfo, a poet, attempt to work in their freezing garret; in desperation they burn one of Rodolfo’s dramas to keep warm. Their two roommates, Colline, a philosopher, and Schaunard, a musician, return home. Even though Schaunard has brought food, the four bohemians decide to eat their Christmas dinner in the Latin Quarter. Just then, Benoît, their landlord, arrives to demand his overdue rent. The men ply him with drink and, when he boasts of marital indiscretions, they feign moral indignation and throw him out. Marcello, Colline, and Schaunard leave for the Latin Quarter. Rodolfo, always the loner, promises to join them after finishing some work, but a knock on the door interrupts him. Mimì, a young neighbour, enters in search of a light for her candle. Clearly ill, and breathless from the stairs, she faints and drops her room key. Rodolfo is entranced by her and, when she recovers, manages to detain her by concealing the key. Either by accident or design, both their candles go out, and as they search in the darkness for the lost key, their hands touch. Both of them solitary, both poetic, they are instantly attracted, and gratefully declare their love before leaving to join Rodolfo’s friends.

ACT II

A festive crowd celebrates Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter. At the Café Momus, Rodolfo introduces Mimì to his roommates. Their carefree mood changes when Musetta, Marcello’s former lover, appears with Alcindoro, her aging sugar-daddy. Musetta, still in love with Marcello, attempts to attract his attention. He deliberately ignores her but eventually cannot resist her obvious play for him. Musetta shrewdly gets rid of the besotted Alcindoro and leaves him to foot the entire bill as she and her bohemian friends escape through the crowd.

INTERMISSION

ACT III

Early one snowy February morning, Mimì seeks out Marcello, who is painting a mural at a tavern near the city gates where Musetta now makes an honest living entertaining the travellers. Mimì tells Marcello she and Rodolfo have separated because of his jealousy. As Marcello tries to comfort her, Rodolfo appears, also seeking Marcello’s advice. Mimì conceals herself and overhears their conversation. Rodolfo tells Marcello he is leaving Mimì because of her flirtations with other men. Marcello is skeptical and forces Rodolfo to admit the truth – Mimì is mortally ill and Rodolfo is consumed by feelings of guilt and remorse, knowing that the harsh conditions of their life together have endangered her health. Mimì’s cough gives her away, and Rodolfo realizes she has overheard everything. Overwhelmed by her plight, Rodolfo promises to stay with Mimì until the spring, but Marcello and Musetta argue viciously and separate.

ACT IV

Rodolfo and Marcello, both now separated from Mimì and Musetta, are working in their garret. Schaunard and Colline arrive with supper, and the four fantasize about attending a fancy ball. Suddenly, Musetta enters with Mimì, now close to death and desperate to be with Rodolfo. Marcello and Musetta leave to summon a doctor and to buy Mimì a muff to warm her hands. Colline also departs to sell his beloved overcoat. Left alone for a few moments, Mimì and Rodolfo remember their happier times together. The others return, but before the doctor can arrive, Mimì dies.

Synopsis courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

GALLERY




Dimitri Pittas and Grazia Doronzio; All production photos from Canadian Opera Company's La Bohème, 2013. All photos by Michael Cooper. 

LISTEN
Aria: “Che gelida manina” (“What a frozen little hand”)

Having just met Mimì, Rodolfo is already falling in love and in this aria he tells her about himself and his poetic nature.


Aria: “Si, mi chiamano Mimì” (“Yes, they call Mimì”)

Mimì responds in this aria, in which she tells him of her life in her small room, working as a sewer of silk flowers but how her greatest joy is the coming of spring, and the blossoming of real flowers.


Duet: “O soave fanciulla” (“Oh sweet girl”)

Mimì and Rodolfo finally declare their feelings in this classically passionate Puccini love duet




Music credit: Puccini's La Bohème. Mirella Freni (Mimì), Luciano Pavarotti (Rodolfo). Herbert von Karajan, conductor, with the Berlin Philharmonic, 1973. Decca
BUZZ

“Visually stunning” Toronto Star

“The operatic equivalent of a really good hug.” The Globe and Mail

“The entire cast of the Puccini masterpiece is undeniably appealing, but [Angel Blue], who is making her COC debut, should stand out in a big way.” Operawire

READ

Primer: Puccini's La Bohème

As an opera, La Bohème is both light-hearted and heartbreaking, and has drawn audiences since its premiere with its emotional score and story-telling. Here’s everything you need to know!

READ MORE


Explore the Music of Puccini's La Bohème

Puccini's masterpiece, La Bohème, features some of the most beautiful music ever written. It's no wonder it's become one of the world's most popular operas! Join us for a trip through some of the opera's most memorable musical highlights. 

READ MORE

EVENTS

Preparing for Puccini: How COC’s Young Artists prepare for La Bohème
Tuesday, April 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre (145 Queen St. W., Toronto)
Ever wondered how the opera singers do it? For any given performance, they’re singing, they’re acting, they’re working closely with the conductor, and – oh, yes – they’re often doing it all in another language. This casual 90-minute performance and discussion brings you inside the world of COC opera singers in training as they prepare to perform the rich and romantic crowd favourite, La Bohème. From learning their parts, to rehearsals, staging, and performance, Ensemble Studio artists explain their creative process and perform selections from the nostalgic tale of bohemian Parisian life.

Learn more

 

Opera Express: Bohème on the go!
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 12 p.m., West Wing of Union Station

Union and the Canadian Opera Company serve up a commuter-friendly performance of the beautiful – and beloved – La Bohème, featuring fun narration to fill in the blanks. Stay for the 45 min version of the opera or drop in to hear a few of its greatest hits. Trust us: you’ll want to take the later train.

Learn more

 

Opera Talks: La Bohème
Monday, May 6, 7 p.m. at Woodbridge Library (150 Woodbridge Ave., Woodbridge) 

Art is life for this group of young bohemians as they navigate infatuation, poverty, love and loss; Puccini’s La Bohème has a story as timeless as the music is enchanting. In this 60-minute lecture with musicologist Margaret Cormier, you’ll  get an insider look at the music and learn about what makes La Bohème one of the world’s most loved operas. Presented in partnership with the Woodbridge Library.

Learn more
  • On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

    Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.



    CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS

    Mimi Angel Blue/Miriam Khalil*
    Rodolfo Atalla Ayan/Joshua Guerrero*
    Musetta Andriana Chuchman/Danika Lorèn*
    Marcello Lucas Meachem/Andrzej Filończyk*
    Colline Brandon Cedel/Önay Köse*
    Benoit/Alcindoro Donato Di Stefano
    Schaunard Phillip Addis/Joel Allison*

    Conductor Paolo Carignani
    Director John Caird
    Set & Costume Designer David Farley
    Original Lighting Designer Michael James Clark
    Revival Lighting Designer Davida Tkach
    Price Family Chorus Master** Sandra Horst


    *May 5, 11 (2 p.m.), 22, 2019

    **Sandra Horst and the COC Chorus are generously underwritten by Tim & Frances Price

    Production originally made possible by
    JERRY & GERALDINE HEFFERNAN

    With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

    Co-production with Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera

  • SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

    Set against the exhilaration and poverty of 19th-century bohemian Paris, poet Rodolfo falls in love with the fragile Mimì, while his painter friend Marcello reunites with his former flame Musetta. Jealousy plagues both couples and they break up. Mimì, deathly ill with tuberculosis, returns to Rodolfo, only to die in his arms.

    FULL SYNOPSIS

    ACT I

    It is Christmas Eve in Paris. Two poverty-stricken young artists, Marcello, a painter, and Rodolfo, a poet, attempt to work in their freezing garret; in desperation they burn one of Rodolfo’s dramas to keep warm. Their two roommates, Colline, a philosopher, and Schaunard, a musician, return home. Even though Schaunard has brought food, the four bohemians decide to eat their Christmas dinner in the Latin Quarter. Just then, Benoît, their landlord, arrives to demand his overdue rent. The men ply him with drink and, when he boasts of marital indiscretions, they feign moral indignation and throw him out. Marcello, Colline, and Schaunard leave for the Latin Quarter. Rodolfo, always the loner, promises to join them after finishing some work, but a knock on the door interrupts him. Mimì, a young neighbour, enters in search of a light for her candle. Clearly ill, and breathless from the stairs, she faints and drops her room key. Rodolfo is entranced by her and, when she recovers, manages to detain her by concealing the key. Either by accident or design, both their candles go out, and as they search in the darkness for the lost key, their hands touch. Both of them solitary, both poetic, they are instantly attracted, and gratefully declare their love before leaving to join Rodolfo’s friends.

    ACT II

    A festive crowd celebrates Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter. At the Café Momus, Rodolfo introduces Mimì to his roommates. Their carefree mood changes when Musetta, Marcello’s former lover, appears with Alcindoro, her aging sugar-daddy. Musetta, still in love with Marcello, attempts to attract his attention. He deliberately ignores her but eventually cannot resist her obvious play for him. Musetta shrewdly gets rid of the besotted Alcindoro and leaves him to foot the entire bill as she and her bohemian friends escape through the crowd.

    INTERMISSION

    ACT III

    Early one snowy February morning, Mimì seeks out Marcello, who is painting a mural at a tavern near the city gates where Musetta now makes an honest living entertaining the travellers. Mimì tells Marcello she and Rodolfo have separated because of his jealousy. As Marcello tries to comfort her, Rodolfo appears, also seeking Marcello’s advice. Mimì conceals herself and overhears their conversation. Rodolfo tells Marcello he is leaving Mimì because of her flirtations with other men. Marcello is skeptical and forces Rodolfo to admit the truth – Mimì is mortally ill and Rodolfo is consumed by feelings of guilt and remorse, knowing that the harsh conditions of their life together have endangered her health. Mimì’s cough gives her away, and Rodolfo realizes she has overheard everything. Overwhelmed by her plight, Rodolfo promises to stay with Mimì until the spring, but Marcello and Musetta argue viciously and separate.

    ACT IV

    Rodolfo and Marcello, both now separated from Mimì and Musetta, are working in their garret. Schaunard and Colline arrive with supper, and the four fantasize about attending a fancy ball. Suddenly, Musetta enters with Mimì, now close to death and desperate to be with Rodolfo. Marcello and Musetta leave to summon a doctor and to buy Mimì a muff to warm her hands. Colline also departs to sell his beloved overcoat. Left alone for a few moments, Mimì and Rodolfo remember their happier times together. The others return, but before the doctor can arrive, Mimì dies.

    Synopsis courtesy of Houston Grand Opera





  • Dimitri Pittas and Grazia Doronzio; All production photos from Canadian Opera Company's La Bohème, 2013. All photos by Michael Cooper. 

  • Aria: “Che gelida manina” (“What a frozen little hand”)

    Having just met Mimì, Rodolfo is already falling in love and in this aria he tells her about himself and his poetic nature.


    Aria: “Si, mi chiamano Mimì” (“Yes, they call Mimì”)

    Mimì responds in this aria, in which she tells him of her life in her small room, working as a sewer of silk flowers but how her greatest joy is the coming of spring, and the blossoming of real flowers.


    Duet: “O soave fanciulla” (“Oh sweet girl”)

    Mimì and Rodolfo finally declare their feelings in this classically passionate Puccini love duet




    Music credit: Puccini's La Bohème. Mirella Freni (Mimì), Luciano Pavarotti (Rodolfo). Herbert von Karajan, conductor, with the Berlin Philharmonic, 1973. Decca
  • “Visually stunning” Toronto Star

    “The operatic equivalent of a really good hug.” The Globe and Mail

    “The entire cast of the Puccini masterpiece is undeniably appealing, but [Angel Blue], who is making her COC debut, should stand out in a big way.” Operawire

  • Primer: Puccini's La Bohème

    As an opera, La Bohème is both light-hearted and heartbreaking, and has drawn audiences since its premiere with its emotional score and story-telling. Here’s everything you need to know!

    READ MORE


    Explore the Music of Puccini's La Bohème

    Puccini's masterpiece, La Bohème, features some of the most beautiful music ever written. It's no wonder it's become one of the world's most popular operas! Join us for a trip through some of the opera's most memorable musical highlights. 

    READ MORE

  • Preparing for Puccini: How COC’s Young Artists prepare for La Bohème
    Tuesday, April 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre (145 Queen St. W., Toronto)
    Ever wondered how the opera singers do it? For any given performance, they’re singing, they’re acting, they’re working closely with the conductor, and – oh, yes – they’re often doing it all in another language. This casual 90-minute performance and discussion brings you inside the world of COC opera singers in training as they prepare to perform the rich and romantic crowd favourite, La Bohème. From learning their parts, to rehearsals, staging, and performance, Ensemble Studio artists explain their creative process and perform selections from the nostalgic tale of bohemian Parisian life.

    Learn more

     

    Opera Express: Bohème on the go!
    Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 12 p.m., West Wing of Union Station

    Union and the Canadian Opera Company serve up a commuter-friendly performance of the beautiful – and beloved – La Bohème, featuring fun narration to fill in the blanks. Stay for the 45 min version of the opera or drop in to hear a few of its greatest hits. Trust us: you’ll want to take the later train.

    Learn more

     

    Opera Talks: La Bohème
    Monday, May 6, 7 p.m. at Woodbridge Library (150 Woodbridge Ave., Woodbridge) 

    Art is life for this group of young bohemians as they navigate infatuation, poverty, love and loss; Puccini’s La Bohème has a story as timeless as the music is enchanting. In this 60-minute lecture with musicologist Margaret Cormier, you’ll  get an insider look at the music and learn about what makes La Bohème one of the world’s most loved operas. Presented in partnership with the Woodbridge Library.

    Learn more

Banner photo features Victor Widjaja (Senior Development Officer, Friends of the COC) and Madelyn Wilkinson (former School Programs Manager), by Gaetz Photography.

LA BOHÈME

Giacomo Puccini
To

COC Revival

Art is life for this group of young bohemians, as they navigate infatuation, poverty, love, and loss in 19th-century Paris. It’s a timeless story that celebrates free-spirited creativity and expresses the romantic power of love with some of the most glorious music ever composed.

Puccini’s massively popular opera returns to the stage in John Caird’s hit production, featuring eye-catching sets assembled from paintings evoking the Belle Époque period.

Connect with us on social by using #COCBoheme | @CanadianOpera

UNDER 30? Get your $22 tickets here.

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