New to opera? Come out for a 'Night' at the Strand

Aug 09, 2019
Photo by: Marty Sohl / Met Opera Vittorio Grigolo as Rodolfo and Kristine Opolais as Mimì in Puccini's "La Bohème."

ROCKLAND — The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., presents “A Night at the Opera,” a festive evening broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s "La Bohème" on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.

Presented with a shorter run time (intermission times have been trimmed) and a reduced ticket price, this special Summer Encore is a great opportunity for those new to opera to experience this beloved production. Plus, attendees can enjoy champagne specials, sweet treats, and a drawing for free tickets.

Franco Zeffirelli's picturesque staging of "La Bohème," an audience favorite for more than 30 years, features a winning young cast, including soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the lovers Mimì and Rodolfo. The music is by Giacomo Puccini; Stefano Ranzani conducts. Sung in Italian, with English subtitles.

Running time is 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one intermission. Tickets are $12.50/general admission, $10.50/Strand members. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email


ACT I: Paris, the 1830s. The near-destitute painter Marcello and poet Rodolfo live with their roommates, Colline and Schaunard, in a garret in the Latin Quarter. As his friends leave to celebrate Christmas at the Café Momus, Rodolfo stays home to write. He meets his pretty neighbor Mimì, and the two fall in love at first sight. Arm in arm, they leave to join his friends.

ACT II: At the café, Marcello’s former sweetheart Musetta makes a noisy entrance on the arm of her elderly but wealthy lover Alcindoro, arousing Marcello’s jealousy. Tumult ensues, and Musetta, having sent Alcindoro away, eventually falls into Marcello’s arms.


ACT III: Weeks later, Mimì comes to see Marcello on the outskirts of Paris and tells him of her distress over Rodolfo’s jealousy. She says it is best that they part. Rodolfo, on the other hand, wants to separate from Mimì because he thinks that her illness can only grow worse in the poverty they share. Mimì tearfully says goodbye to him, but overcome with emotion, the two decide to remain together until spring.

ACT IV: Now separated from their girlfriends, Rodolfo and Marcello lament their loneliness. Musetta arrives with Mimì, who is mortally ill. Left alone, Mimì and Rodolfo recall their first happy days. The others return, and Mimì dies, leaving Rodolfo heartbroken.



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