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La bohème

Friday October 19, 2012 - Saturday November 10, 2012

Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center   Seat Map



Overview

To watch production videos, please click the links below: 
Si mi chiamano Mimi 
Act II Opening
Musetta's Waltz


Giacomo Puccini's La bohème
Sung in Italian with projected English translation

Oct. 19, 2012 - 7 p.m. | Oct. 21, 2012 - 2 p.m. | Oct. 27, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. | Nov. 2, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. | Nov. 4, 2012 - 2 p.m.
Nov. 10, 2012 - 2 p.m. | Nov. 10, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.

The romance of Paris. The pain of regret. Rodolfo and Mimì meet by chance in the poet's atelier and fall immediately in love. They weather break-ups and reunions, but their love proves as fragile as the light of a single candle when they confront the harsh realities of their bohemian life.

"[Katie Van Kooten is] a major operatic talent. Her singing has something of the same glow radiated by Te Kanawa or Freni." — The Daily Telegraph

"Dimitri Pittas is a huge talent, with a ringing, easy tenor voice." — Opera News

Puccini's La bohème lasts approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission.
The opening night performance (October 19), which begins at 7 p.m., will end at approximately 9:20 p.m.
Performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. will end at approximately 9:50 p.m.
Performances beginning at 2 p.m. will end at approximately 4:20 p.m.

Guarantor: Methodist Hospital System, Center for Performing Arts Medicine
Grand Underwriters: ConocoPhillips; Margaret Alkek Williams

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 take their holiday dinner in the Latin Quarter. Just then, Benoit, their landlord, arrives to demand his overdue rent. The men ply him with drink, and when he boasts of marital indiscretions, they throw him out with feigned indignation. Marcello, Colline, and Schaunard leave for the Latin Quarter. Rodolfo promises to join them after finishing some work, but a knock on the door interrupts him. Mimì, a young neighbor, enters, wishing to relight her candle. Obviously ill, she nearly faints and drops her room key. Rodolfo is instantly attracted to her and manages to detain her by concealing the key. He snuffs out his own candle, and as the two search in the darkness for the “lost” key, their hands touch. Spontaneously, they pour out their love for one another 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 elderly paramour. Musetta attempts to attract the attention of Marcello, who deliberately ignores her but ultimately cannot resist her charms. Musetta shrewdly gets rid of Alcindoro and instructs the waiter to give him the bill for everyone. She and her bohemian friends escape through the crowd.

Intermission

Act III
Early one snowy February morning, Mimì seeks Marcello, who is painting a mural at a tavern near the city gates. She tells him she and Rodolfo have separated because of his jealousy. As Marcello tries to comfort her, Rodolfo arrives to speak with Marcello. Mimì conceals herself and overhears their conversation. Rodolfo tells Marcello he wants to leave Mimì because of her flirtatious behavior. Finally, he confesses that she is mortally ill and admits his guilty feelings: he knows that the harsh conditions of their life together have undoubtedly worsened her health. Mimì's cough gives her away, and Rodolfo realizes she has overheard everything. The two lovers pledge to stay together until spring, but Marcello and Musetta argue viciously and separate.

Act IV
Rodolfo and Marcello, 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, who is near death and wants to be with Rodolfo. Musetta and Marcello leave to sell some of their possessions in order to buy Mimì a muff and to summon a doctor. Colline also departs to sell his beloved overcoat. Left alone for a few moments, Mimì and Rodolfo reminisce about happier times. The others return, but before the doctor can arrive, Mimì dies.
The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission.


Sinópsis


ACTO I
Es Noche Buena en París. Dos pobres y jóvenes artistas, Marcello, un pintor y Rodolfo, un poeta, intentan trabajar en su helado desván. En la desesperación del momento, deciden prenderle fuego a uno de los dramas de Rodolfo para calentarse. Sus dos compañeros de cuarto, Colline, un filósofo y Schaunard, músico, regresan a casa. A pesar de que Schaunard ha traído comida, los cuatro bohemios deciden celebrar la cena de la Noche Buena en el Barrio Latino. Justo entonces, su casero, Benoit, llega para cobrar la renta que ya está bastante retrasada. Los jóvenes manejan la situación ofreciéndole de tomar al casero y cuando Benoit comienza a jactarse contando sus indiscreciones matrimoniales, lo echan del lugar finginendo estar indignados. Marcello, Colline y Schaunard se van al Barrio Latino. Rodolfo les promete alcanzarlos en cuanto termine de trabajar, pero es interrumpido cuando alguien toca la puerta. Mimi, una joven vencina entra al cuarto, deseando prender su vela. Claramente enferma, la joven está a punto de desmayarse y deja caer la llave de su cuarto. Rodolfo se siente instantáneamente atraído por Mimi e intenta mantenerla un rato ahí conservando la llave. Rodolfo apaga su propia vela y mientras los dos están en busca de la llave "perdida", sus manos se encuentran en la obscuridad. Espontáneamente, los jóvenes desbocan su amor mutuo antes de encontrarse con los amigos de Rodolfo.

ACTO II
Una multitud festeja la Noche Buena en el Barrio Latino. En el café Momus, Rodolfo presenta a Mimi a sus compañeros. Su comportamiento despreocupado cambia cuando Musetta, la ex novia de Marcello aparece con Alcindoro, su amante de avanzada edad. Musetta intenta captar la atención de Marcello, quien la ignora deliberadamente pero que finalmente no puede resistir sus encantos. Musetta se deshace de Alcindoro hábilmente y le ordena al mesero que le dé la cuenta de todos al viejo. Ella y sus amigos bohemios se escapan entre la multitud.

ACTO III
Una mañana nevada de Febrero, Mimi busca a Marcello, quien se encuentra pintando un mural en una taverna cerca de las puertas de la Ciudad. Mimi le cuenta que ella y Rodolfo se han separado a causa de los celos de él. Mientras Marcello trata de consolarla, Rodolfo llega a hablar con Marcello. Mimi se esconde y escucha la conversación. Rodolfo le dice a Marcello que quiere dejar a Mimi por ser tan coqueta. Finalmente, confiesa que ella está gravemente enferma y admite sentirse culpable: él sabe que las difíciles condiciones que ha causado el estar juntos han empeorado la salud de Mimi. Mimi comienza a toser siendo descubierta y Rodolfo se da cuenta de que ella lo ha escuchado todo. Los amantes prometen estar juntos hasta que llegue la primavera, pero Marcello y Musetta discuten fuertemente y se separan.

ACTO IV
Rodolfo y Marcello, ya separados de Mimi y Musetta, trabajan en el desván. Schaunard y Colline llegan con la cena y los cuatro comienzan a fantasear con ser invitados a un baile muy elegante. De pronto, Musetta entra con Mimi quien está a punto de morir y quiere estar con Rodolfo. Musetta y Marcello se van para vender algunas cosas para poder pagarle a un doctor. Colline también se va para vender su tan preciado abrigo. Cuando se quedan solos un momento, Mimi y Rodolfo recuerdan los tiempos felices en los que estuvieron juntos. Los otros vuelven, pero antes de que llegue el doctor, Mimi muere. 

 

La función dura aproximadamente 2 horas y 20 minutos, inlcuyendo un intermedio.

Cast/Creative Team

Cast

Dimitri Pittas
Rodolfo

Scott Quinn**
Rodolfo
Nov. 10m

Katie Van Kooten
Mimi

Natalya Romaniw*
Mimi
Nov. 10m

Joshua Hopkins***
Marcello

Mark Diamond***
Marcello
Nov. 10m

Heidi Stober***
Musetta

Andrea Carroll*
Musetta
Nov. 10

Vuyani Mlinde*
Colline

Nicholas Masters**
Colline
Nov. 10m

Michael Sumuel***
Schaunard

Creative Team

Evan Rogister***
Conductor

Eric Melear***
Conductor
Nov. 10m

John Caird
Director

David Farley*
Set and Costume Designer

Michael James Clark
Lighting Designer

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

Karen Reeves
Children's Chorus Director

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

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To give by phone or for more information, contact Rebecca Kier at 713-546-0252 or rkier@houstongrandopera.org.

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Loyal donors are behind each performance at Houston Grand Opera.
We can’t do it without you; please consider making a gift today!

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To watch production videos, please click the links below: 
Si mi chiamano Mimi 
Act II Opening
Musetta's Waltz


Giacomo Puccini's La bohème
Sung in Italian with projected English translation

Oct. 19, 2012 - 7 p.m. | Oct. 21, 2012 - 2 p.m. | Oct. 27, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. | Nov. 2, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. | Nov. 4, 2012 - 2 p.m.
Nov. 10, 2012 - 2 p.m. | Nov. 10, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.

The romance of Paris. The pain of regret. Rodolfo and Mimì meet by chance in the poet's atelier and fall immediately in love. They weather break-ups and reunions, but their love proves as fragile as the light of a single candle when they confront the harsh realities of their bohemian life.

"[Katie Van Kooten is] a major operatic talent. Her singing has something of the same glow radiated by Te Kanawa or Freni." — The Daily Telegraph

"Dimitri Pittas is a huge talent, with a ringing, easy tenor voice." — Opera News

Puccini's La bohème lasts approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission.
The opening night performance (October 19), which begins at 7 p.m., will end at approximately 9:20 p.m.
Performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. will end at approximately 9:50 p.m.
Performances beginning at 2 p.m. will end at approximately 4:20 p.m.

Guarantor: Methodist Hospital System, Center for Performing Arts Medicine
Grand Underwriters: ConocoPhillips; Margaret Alkek Williams

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 take their holiday dinner in the Latin Quarter. Just then, Benoit, their landlord, arrives to demand his overdue rent. The men ply him with drink, and when he boasts of marital indiscretions, they throw him out with feigned indignation. Marcello, Colline, and Schaunard leave for the Latin Quarter. Rodolfo promises to join them after finishing some work, but a knock on the door interrupts him. Mimì, a young neighbor, enters, wishing to relight her candle. Obviously ill, she nearly faints and drops her room key. Rodolfo is instantly attracted to her and manages to detain her by concealing the key. He snuffs out his own candle, and as the two search in the darkness for the “lost” key, their hands touch. Spontaneously, they pour out their love for one another 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 elderly paramour. Musetta attempts to attract the attention of Marcello, who deliberately ignores her but ultimately cannot resist her charms. Musetta shrewdly gets rid of Alcindoro and instructs the waiter to give him the bill for everyone. She and her bohemian friends escape through the crowd.

Intermission

Act III
Early one snowy February morning, Mimì seeks Marcello, who is painting a mural at a tavern near the city gates. She tells him she and Rodolfo have separated because of his jealousy. As Marcello tries to comfort her, Rodolfo arrives to speak with Marcello. Mimì conceals herself and overhears their conversation. Rodolfo tells Marcello he wants to leave Mimì because of her flirtatious behavior. Finally, he confesses that she is mortally ill and admits his guilty feelings: he knows that the harsh conditions of their life together have undoubtedly worsened her health. Mimì's cough gives her away, and Rodolfo realizes she has overheard everything. The two lovers pledge to stay together until spring, but Marcello and Musetta argue viciously and separate.

Act IV
Rodolfo and Marcello, 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, who is near death and wants to be with Rodolfo. Musetta and Marcello leave to sell some of their possessions in order to buy Mimì a muff and to summon a doctor. Colline also departs to sell his beloved overcoat. Left alone for a few moments, Mimì and Rodolfo reminisce about happier times. The others return, but before the doctor can arrive, Mimì dies.
The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission.


Sinópsis


ACTO I
Es Noche Buena en París. Dos pobres y jóvenes artistas, Marcello, un pintor y Rodolfo, un poeta, intentan trabajar en su helado desván. En la desesperación del momento, deciden prenderle fuego a uno de los dramas de Rodolfo para calentarse. Sus dos compañeros de cuarto, Colline, un filósofo y Schaunard, músico, regresan a casa. A pesar de que Schaunard ha traído comida, los cuatro bohemios deciden celebrar la cena de la Noche Buena en el Barrio Latino. Justo entonces, su casero, Benoit, llega para cobrar la renta que ya está bastante retrasada. Los jóvenes manejan la situación ofreciéndole de tomar al casero y cuando Benoit comienza a jactarse contando sus indiscreciones matrimoniales, lo echan del lugar finginendo estar indignados. Marcello, Colline y Schaunard se van al Barrio Latino. Rodolfo les promete alcanzarlos en cuanto termine de trabajar, pero es interrumpido cuando alguien toca la puerta. Mimi, una joven vencina entra al cuarto, deseando prender su vela. Claramente enferma, la joven está a punto de desmayarse y deja caer la llave de su cuarto. Rodolfo se siente instantáneamente atraído por Mimi e intenta mantenerla un rato ahí conservando la llave. Rodolfo apaga su propia vela y mientras los dos están en busca de la llave "perdida", sus manos se encuentran en la obscuridad. Espontáneamente, los jóvenes desbocan su amor mutuo antes de encontrarse con los amigos de Rodolfo.

ACTO II
Una multitud festeja la Noche Buena en el Barrio Latino. En el café Momus, Rodolfo presenta a Mimi a sus compañeros. Su comportamiento despreocupado cambia cuando Musetta, la ex novia de Marcello aparece con Alcindoro, su amante de avanzada edad. Musetta intenta captar la atención de Marcello, quien la ignora deliberadamente pero que finalmente no puede resistir sus encantos. Musetta se deshace de Alcindoro hábilmente y le ordena al mesero que le dé la cuenta de todos al viejo. Ella y sus amigos bohemios se escapan entre la multitud.

ACTO III
Una mañana nevada de Febrero, Mimi busca a Marcello, quien se encuentra pintando un mural en una taverna cerca de las puertas de la Ciudad. Mimi le cuenta que ella y Rodolfo se han separado a causa de los celos de él. Mientras Marcello trata de consolarla, Rodolfo llega a hablar con Marcello. Mimi se esconde y escucha la conversación. Rodolfo le dice a Marcello que quiere dejar a Mimi por ser tan coqueta. Finalmente, confiesa que ella está gravemente enferma y admite sentirse culpable: él sabe que las difíciles condiciones que ha causado el estar juntos han empeorado la salud de Mimi. Mimi comienza a toser siendo descubierta y Rodolfo se da cuenta de que ella lo ha escuchado todo. Los amantes prometen estar juntos hasta que llegue la primavera, pero Marcello y Musetta discuten fuertemente y se separan.

ACTO IV
Rodolfo y Marcello, ya separados de Mimi y Musetta, trabajan en el desván. Schaunard y Colline llegan con la cena y los cuatro comienzan a fantasear con ser invitados a un baile muy elegante. De pronto, Musetta entra con Mimi quien está a punto de morir y quiere estar con Rodolfo. Musetta y Marcello se van para vender algunas cosas para poder pagarle a un doctor. Colline también se va para vender su tan preciado abrigo. Cuando se quedan solos un momento, Mimi y Rodolfo recuerdan los tiempos felices en los que estuvieron juntos. Los otros vuelven, pero antes de que llegue el doctor, Mimi muere. 

 

La función dura aproximadamente 2 horas y 20 minutos, inlcuyendo un intermedio.

Cast

Dimitri Pittas
Rodolfo

Scott Quinn**
Rodolfo
Nov. 10m

Katie Van Kooten
Mimi

Natalya Romaniw*
Mimi
Nov. 10m

Joshua Hopkins***
Marcello

Mark Diamond***
Marcello
Nov. 10m

Heidi Stober***
Musetta

Andrea Carroll*
Musetta
Nov. 10

Vuyani Mlinde*
Colline

Nicholas Masters**
Colline
Nov. 10m

Michael Sumuel***
Schaunard

Creative Team

Evan Rogister***
Conductor

Eric Melear***
Conductor
Nov. 10m

John Caird
Director

David Farley*
Set and Costume Designer

Michael James Clark
Lighting Designer

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

Karen Reeves
Children's Chorus Director

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

Donate Now Button on Support HGO 

To give by phone or for more information, contact Rebecca Kier at 713-546-0252 or rkier@houstongrandopera.org.

To submit your gift by mail, please use this form.

Loyal donors are behind each performance at Houston Grand Opera.
We can’t do it without you; please consider making a gift today!

Donate Now  


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