Puccini's 'La Bohéme' at the San Francisco Opera

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Alexia Voulgaridou (Mimi) and Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo) (Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

Saturday at 1 pm, join us as we journey to 1840's Paris with San Francisco Opera's performance of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohéme.

La Bohéme tells the tragic love story of artists who are trying to get by while living in crippling poverty. At the center of this microcosm of counter-culture is Rodolfo, a poet, and Mimi, a seamstress, who are helplessly in love with one another.

This 2014 production directed by John Caird features soprano Alexia Voulgaridou and tenor Michael Fabiano as the leads. Also in the production is baritone Alexey Markov as Marcello and soprano Nadine Serra as Musetta. Conductor Giuseppe Finzi leads the orchestra.


Mimi: Alexia Voulgaridou
Rodolfo: Michael Fabiano
Musetta: Nadine Sierra
Marcello: Alexey Markov
Colline: Christian Van Horn
Schaunard: Hadleigh Adams
Benoit; Alcindoro: Dale Travis
San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus 

Director: John Caird
Conductor: Giuseppe Finzi
Chorus Master: Ian Robertson

Watch highlights of Alexia Voulgaridou and Michael Fabiano performing as Mimi and Rodolfo:


Comments [5]

Dave from Chicago

Hope WQXR is going to broadcast Tristan from last summer's Bayreuth. Heard it briefly on another public radio station while traveling this week.

Oct. 24 2015 08:33 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Kudos to MICHAEL FABIANO. You are a vocally ideal Rodolfo.
Last Saturday, October 17th, I sang a repriese of my first of two ALL WAGNER 3 hour long solo concerts at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall of the Father's Day June 18th, 1995 event programming 14 selections which I calculated chronologically exemplified Wagner's special genius. I have had and continue to have a love affair with the music of RICHARD WAGNER. Two of my four solo three-hour long concerts in the main hall of CARNEGIE hALL have been ALL-WAGNER concerts. The concert was held at the New Life Expo at the N.Y.C. Pennsylvania Hotel on Saturday October 17th at 7 PM. All the selections sung at that concert may be heard in unretouched live performance of my singing them at Carnegie Hall by downloading them, free, at my Recorded Selections venue on my website www.WagnerOpera.com. On the home page alongside the 7 foot poster that was displayed at Carnegie Hall is a single page listing of my live concert program of the fourteen selections alongside pictures of me at my solo debut at the Hall there and my current appearance and info on my coaching Shakespeare and also all the Wagner opera roles as the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute in Boonton, NJ. My two Shakespeare operas will be on my websites in JULY 2017.

Oct. 24 2015 03:35 PM

The musical Rent was an update of this opera. One of the characters plays Musetta's waltz on a guitar. Not enjoyable musical at all. The original is so much better.

Oct. 24 2015 03:02 PM
Ellen L from West Chester, PA

Two thumbs way up, Madison from Manhattan. Nice irony. It has gotten to the point where the best way to enjoy the opera is by broadcast or listening to my old cd's. Have to agree about Fabiano, too.

Oct. 24 2015 01:42 PM
Madison from Manhattan

Bravo again Fabiano. A wonderful Rodolpho as he was when I saw him at the Met last year but what was the director thinking? The staging and costumes look like 1839 Paris! No jeans,video projections,tuxedos, or cell phones. How am I supposed to understand what his complicated opera is about? How am I supposed to get it?

Oct. 24 2015 10:22 AM

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