Presented by Teatro Lirico D’Europa and Artistic Director Giorgio Lalov, this production is presented in Italian with English supertitles and a full orchestra. This is the romantic, yet poignant story of the poet Rodolfo, the beautiful Mimi, and their friends, set in the garrets of 1830 Paris and the raucous streets of the Latin Quarter.
Mimi, a young seamstress living in the same building as four male roommates–a poet, a painter, a musician and a philosopher–finds herself in a dark room with poet Rodolfo when she comes to ask for spare matches to light her candle. In Rodolfo’s desperation to have more time with the lovely young woman that he quickly finds himself fiercely attracted to, he slips Mimi’s room key into his pocket as she searches for it in her attempt to return home. They exchange stories of their lives, and later when Rodolfo sees Mimi in the glow of moonlight both immediately recognize that they have fallen in love. As their love unfolds and Mimi draws close to Rodolfo and his interesting group of friends, tragedy strikes and Rodolfo is left with a tough choice that he makes in an attempt to save Mimi’s life.
La Bohème premiered worldwide in Turin on February 1896 at the Teatro Regio, conducted by Arturo Toscanini. It went on to become one of the most frequently performed operas around the world. The opera was the inspiration for the Broadway musical, Rent, which opened 100 years later in January 1996. The hit Broadway musical is a modern story loosely based on the themes of the enduring opera.
Theatergoers can arrive early for the pre-show opera discussion to learn more about La Bohème. The discussion will feature opera expert Dr. Larry Stickler, professor of music at Marshall, and Teatro Lirico D’Europa’s Artistic Director Giorgio Lalov as they discuss the opera’s origins and significance in today’s art culture. This pre-show discussion will offer a chance for guests to ask questions about La Bohème and opera in general. The dialogue will begin in the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m.
Tickets are available at the Artists Series box office Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. For additional information call ext. 6-.6656 or visit their website at www.marshall.edu/muartser.
Photo: A scene from La Bohème, which will be presented as part of the Marshall Artists Series Feb. 10.