The BYU School of Music presents La Bohème, an opera in four acts, on Oct. 15 and Oct. 18-22 at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center. Dress rehearsal performances take place Oct. 15 and 18, and main performances Oct. 19-22.
La Bohème, directed by Dr. Lawrence Vincent, tells the story of a poet, painter, musician and philosopher—a circle of Bohemian friends strong enough to survive anything. One of the most beloved operas of all time will transport the audience back to Paris in the early 1800s, where they will share in romance, friendship and death.
"The music is exquisite, the story entertaining and moving," said Vincent. "Musically and vocally it is challenging but not beyond the abilities for talented singers at Brigham Young University."
The opera lyrics are sung in Italian with English supertitles. Music for the opera, composed by Giacomo Puccini, is provided by BYU Philharmonic with Kory Katseanes as the conductor.
“An opportunity to hear and watch Puccini's La Bohème is one of those ‘bucket list’ items,” Katseanes said. “It's the world's most popular opera for all the right reasons. Full of overwhelming beauty and emotion, this is simply something not to be missed."
La Bohème is Vincent's last opera production after a 20-year history of directing the opera program at BYU.