LA BOHÈME

GIACOMO PUCCINI

"THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR LOVE STORY" - The New York Times
In Italian with English SURTITLES™

OPENS OCTOBER 20th, 2012!

►19th century Paris. The Latin Quarter is impoverished, yet it pulses with the energy and passion of young artists. On Christmas Eve, Mimi and Rodolfo meet and fall deeply in love. Their happiness is cut short as Mimi's worsening health drives them apart. When they are reunited in the warmth of spring, it is too late. Mimi dies in Rodolfo’s arms, with their dear friends close by.

Glorious music, a heartbreaking love story, and the perfect combination of pathos and humour make Puccini’s peerless masterpiece irresistible. Whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth, La Bohème will remind you what it means to be alive and in love.

Read the full synopsis.

Read the Vancouver Sun review.

Read the Georgia Straight review.

 

 

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All performances are at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes.

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CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Conducted by LESLIE DALA

LESLIE DALA
CONDUCTOR

Toronto ON

Last VO Appearance:
Associate Conductor / Chorus Director, Aida, 2012


Recent Appearances:
Suor Angelica with the COSI Centre for Opera Studies, Sulmona, Italy
Here to Stay: The Gershwin Experience with MusicFest Vancouver
Die Schöpfung (The Creation), Les Noces and Catulli Carmina with Vancouver Bach Choir
The Nutcracker with Goh Ballet and Vancouver Opera Orchestra

Upcoming Engagements:
The Magic Flute with Vancouver Opera
Albert Herring with Pacific Opera Victoria

Mr. Dala is the Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Music Director of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony.


Mr. Dala’s appearance is supported by a gift from Dr. Stephanie Chung & Dr. Peter Chung

More about Leslie Dala

Directed by NANCY HERMISTON

NANCY HERMISTON
DIRECTOR

Warkworth, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Annina in Der Rosenkavalier, 2004


Recent Appearances:
The Crucible, Rusalka and The Merry Widow with UBC Opera
Nuit d'Amour: French Opera Highlights with Bard on the Beach: Operas and Arias

Upcoming Engagements:
Cosi fan tutte and Dialogues of the Carmelites with UBC Opera

Ms. Hermiston is Head of the Voice and Opera Division of the UBC School of Music and the UBC University Marshal.

Ms. Hermiston’s appearance is supported by a gift from Michael and Inna O’Brian

More about Nancy Hermiston

Mimi MARIANNE FISET

MARIANNE FISET
MIMI

Montreal, QC

Vancouver Opera Début



Recent Appearances:
Manon with Opéra National de Paris
Mimi in La Bohème with Calgary Opera
Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with Festival Lanaudière
Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Opéra Municipal de Marseille

Upcoming Engagements:
Lalla Roukh with Opera Lafayette
Manon with Opéra de Montréal

Ms. Fiset’s appearance is supported by a gift from Mr. Allen & Mrs.Ruth Fowlis

More about Marianne Fiset

Rodolfo JASON SLAYDEN

JASON SLAYDEN
RODOLFO
Plano, TX


Vancouver Opera Début



Recent Appearances:
Soloist, Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 with the National Symphony Orchestra
Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Wolf Trap Opera Company
Uldino in Attila with Seattle Opera
Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Seattle Opera Young Artist Program

Upcoming Engagements:
Laërte in Hamlet with Minnesota Opera
Soloist, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

Mr. Slayden’s appearance is supported by a gift from Mary Tait & Bill Sirett

More about Jason Slayden

Musetta KRISZTINA SZABÓ

KRISZTINA SZABÓ
MUSETTA
Toronto
, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, 2011


Recent Appearances:
Guest Soloist, Grand Teton Festival and Music of the Baroque, Chicago
Soloist, Festival of the Sound
The Pilgrim in Love from Afar with the Canadian Opera Company
Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Upcoming Engagements:
Soloist, John Adams’ El Niño with the Vancouver Bach Choir
Giulietta in Tales of Hoffman with Edmonton Opera

Ms. Szabó’s appearance is supported by a gift from David Watmough in loving memory of Floyd St. Clair

More about Krisztina Szab
ó

Marcello ÉTIENNE DUPUIS

ÉTIENNE DUPUIS
MARCELLO
Montreal, QC


Last VO Appearance:
Silvio in I pagliacci, 2007


Recent Appearances:
Escamillo in Carmen with Pacific Opera Victoria
Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Deutsche Opera Berlin
Valentin in Faust with Opéra de Montréal
André Thorel in Thérèse (Massenet) with Festival International de Radio France et Montpellier

Upcoming Engagements:
Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking with Opéra de Montréal
Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles with L’Opéra national du Rhin

Mr. Dupuis’ appearance is supported by a gift from Mrs. Irene McEwen


More about Étienne Dupuis

Colline STEPHEN HEGEDUS

STEPHEN HEGEDUS
Colline

Toronto, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata, 2011

Recent Appearances:
Soloist, The Spectre’s Bride with the Grant Park Festival
Soloist, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Victoria Symphony
Giorgio Talbot in Maria Stuarda with Pacific Opera Victoria
Soloist, Messiah with the Seattle Symphony

Upcoming Engagements:
Captain in Eugene Onegin with Edmonton Opera
Soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Winnipeg Symphony

Mr. Hegedus’ appearance is supported by a gift from Yuri Fulmer

More about Stephen Hegedus

Benoit / Alcindoro THOMAS GOERZ

THOMAS GOERZ
BENOIT/ALCINDORO

Kitchener, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville, 2012

Recent Appearances:
Publio in La clemenza di Tito, 2011
Sulpice (cover) in La fille du Régiment with The Metropolitan Opera
Rocco in Fidelio with Edmonton Opera
Pooh Bah in The Mikado with Edmonton Opera

Mr. Goerz has performed Benoit/Alcindoro at Glimmerglass, Vancouver Opera, Canadian Opera Company and Central City Opera. This is his 11th appearance with Vancouver Opera.

These performances are dedicated to the memory of my brother Carl whose last operatic role was Benoit in La bohème with Saskatoon Opera. Carl loved to laugh, and he made us laugh.

Mr. Goerz’s appearance is supported by a gift from Wayne Wiens, in memory of Andrea Pinto Lebowitz

 

Schaunard AARON DURAND

AARON DURAND
Schaunard

100 Mile House, BC

Vancouver Opera Début



Recent Appearances:
Marullo in Rigoletto with The Vancouver Concert Opera Co-operative
Nuit d’amour: French Opera Highlights with Opera and Arias at Bard on the Beach
Danilo in Die Lustige Witwe with UBC Opera Ensemble
Game Keeper in Rusalka with UBC Opera Ensemble

Upcoming Engagements:
Soloist, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Vancouver Academy Orchestra
Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance with Vancouver Opera

Rodolfo (Understudy) MARTIN SADD

MARTIN SADD
Rodolfo

Victoria, BC

Vancouver Opera Début



Recent Appearances:
Rodolfo in La bohème with Burnaby Lyric Opera
Messenger in Aida with Calgary Opera
Male singer in The Inventor with Calgary Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Handel’s Messiah with Victoria Symphony Orchestra
Rinuccio with Burnaby Lyric Opera

Musetta (Understudy) SYLVIA SZADOVSZKI

SYLVIA SZADOVSZKI
Musetta (Understudy)

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Opera Début



Recent Appearances:
Rosina in Der Barbier von Sevilla with Theater Hof, Germany
Mercedes in Carmen with Pacific Opera Victoria
Hansel in Hansel & Gretel with VOIS
Cendrillon with the University of British Columbia

Upcoming Engagements:
Kate in The Pirates of Penzance with Vancouver Opera
Papagena in The Magic Flute with Vancouver Opera

   
   
Lighting Designer GERALD KING

GERALD KING
Lighting Designer

Fredericton, NB

Last VO Appearance:
Roméo et Juliette, 2011


Recent Appearances:
Far But Close with Dance Theatre of Harlem
Macbeth and Taming of the Shrew with Bard on the Beach
Carmen with Pacific Opera Victoria
Cats with Theatre Calgary

Upcoming Engagements:
Tosca with Pacific Opera Victoria
Anne of Green Gables: The Musical with Theatre Calgary
 

Projection Designer CONOR MOORE

CONOR MOORE
Projection Designer

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Opera Début



Recent Appearances:
Senora Carrara’s Rifles and Fourplay with Shaw Festival
Gunmetal Blues with Vancouver Playhouse
The Patron Saint of Stanley Park with Arts Club Theatre
Falstaff, Henry VI, Richard III with Bard on the Beach

Upcoming Engagements:
Dancing at Lughnasa with Capilano University
The Gifts of the Magi with Chemainus Theatre

More about Conor Moore

 

Assistant Director RACHEL PEAKE

RACHEL PEAKE
Assistant Director
Vancouver
, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Director, La Cenerentola, 2010/11 (VOIS)


Recent Appearances:
Director, Le Portrait Gooble with Théâtre la Seizième
Assistant Director, Wanderlust with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival
Director, After Jerusalem with Solo Collective Theatre
Director, Carmen with Gros Morne Summer Music

Upcoming Engagements:
Director, Play With Monsters with Solo Collective Theatre
Director, Let’s Make an Opera!/The Little Sweep with Pacific Opera Victoria and The Belfry Theatre

More about Rachel Peake

 

Stage Manager SHEILA MUNN

SHEILA MUNN
Stage Manager

Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Aida, 2012


Recent Appearances:
The Merry Widow and Albert Herring with UBC Opera Ensemble
The Barber of Seville, Roméo et Juliette, La Traviata, La Clemenza di Tito, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lillian Alling, Madama Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro, Nixon in China, Norma, Salome, Rigoletto, Carmen, Eugene Onegin, La Bohème, Fidelio, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci, Tosca, Ariadne auf Naxos, The Magic Flute, and Macbeth with Vancouver Opera.
L’Orfeo and L’Incoronazione di Poppea with MusicFest Vancouver

Upcoming Engagements:
The Pirates of Penzance with Vancouver Opera
Dialogues of The Carmelites with UBC Opera Ensemble

Ms. Munn is pleased to be joined by Assistant Stage Managers Beth Grieve and Marijka Asbeek Brusse and Apprentice Stage Manager Collette Brown.

   
   
   
   
   
   


 

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Watch Scenes from La Boheme




La Bohème - Behind the Scenes


Go behind the scenes during rehearsals of VO's La Bohème


Conductor Leslie Dala on Love in La Bohème




Conductor Leslie Dala on Humour in La Bohème





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