La Bohème

Giacomo Puccini
To

COC Production

Performances: APRIL 17, 26, 28, MAY 2, 4, 5, 7, 11*, 17, 22, 2019

*Two performances – 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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.


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

Director John Caird
Set & Costumer Designer David Farley
Lighting Designer Michael James Clark
Price Family Chorus Master* Sandra Horst

*May 5, 11 (2 p.m.), 17, 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Production originally made possible by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

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
(l-r) Dimitri Pittas, and Grazia Doronzio in La Bohème, (COC 2013), photo: Michael Cooper.
A scene from La Bohème, (COC 2013), photo: Michael Cooper.
A scene from La Bohème, (COC 2013), photo: Michael Cooper.
(l-r) Dimitri Pittas, and Grazia Doronzio in La Bohème, (COC 2013), photo: Michael Cooper.
(l-r) Dimitri Pittas, and Grazia Doronzio in La Bohème, (COC 2013), photo: Michael Cooper.
  • 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

    Director John Caird
    Set & Costumer Designer David Farley
    Lighting Designer Michael James Clark
    Price Family Chorus Master* Sandra Horst

    *May 5, 11 (2 p.m.), 17, 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

  • 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

  • (l-r) Dimitri Pittas, and Grazia Doronzio in <em>La Bohème</em>, (COC 2013), photo: Michael Cooper.
    A scene from <em>La Bohème</em>, (COC 2013), photo: Michael Cooper.
    A scene from <em>La Bohème</em>, (COC 2013), photo: Michael Cooper.
    (l-r) Dimitri Pittas, and Grazia Doronzio in <em>La Bohème</em>, (COC 2013), photo: Michael Cooper.
    (l-r) Dimitri Pittas, and Grazia Doronzio in <em>La Bohème</em>, (COC 2013), photo: Michael Cooper.

Victor Widjaja (Senior Development Officer, Friends of the COC) and Madelyn Wilkinson (School Programs Manager). Photo: Gaetz Photography

La Bohème

Giacomo Puccini
To

COC Production

Performances: APRIL 17, 26, 28, MAY 2, 4, 5, 7, 11*, 17, 22, 2019

*Two performances – 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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.

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