‘La Bohème,’ live from the Met

Feb 14, 2018
Photo by: Ken Howard/MetOpera The Franco Zeffirelli production of Puccini’s “La Bohème” fills the Met stage in a scene from Act II.

Rockland — The 2017-2018 Metropolitan Opera’s Live-in-HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center to the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., continues Saturday, Feb. 24, at 12:30 p.m. with a simulcast of Puccini’s “La Bohème.” An encore broadcast is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, at 12:30 p.m.

The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. The Feb. 24 performance stars Sonya Yoncheva in the role of Mimì, with Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo. Marco Armiliato conducts.

The libretto sets the action in Paris, circa 1830. This is not a random setting, but rather reflects the issues and concerns of a particular time when, following the upheavals of revolution and war, French artists had lost their traditional support base of aristocracy and church. The story centers on self-conscious youth at odds with mainstream society — a bohemian ambience that is clearly recognizable in any modern urban center. “La Bohème” captures this ethos in its earliest days.

“La Bohème” had its world premiere in Teatro Regio, Turin, in 1896. Its Metropolitan Opera company premiere was in Los Angeles (on tour) in 1900. This passionate, timeless and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression … and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, “La Bohème” is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things — a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor — that make up our everyday lives.

“La Bohème” is sung in Italian with Met titles in English; and runs an estimated two hours and 55 minutes, including two intermissions. Tickets are $27, $15 for students younger than 19 and for college students with ID, available at rocklandstrand.com or 594-0070. Encore show tickets, available day-of-show, are $23/ $5. For more information, email info@rocklandstrand.com, call or visit the website.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Sonya Yoncheva stars as Mimì in Puccini's “La Bohème.” (Photo by: Ken Howard/MetOpera)
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