Breaking norms. Breaking vows. Breaking free.

Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème

Apr 26, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019

Carol Morsani Hall

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A writer. An artist. A philosopher. A musician. Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece about struggling bohemians in Paris defined a love-and-friendship genre that paved the way for RENT, Friends, The Breakfast Club and more. Scrambling to make ends meet, the friends and their lovers must resort to wits to get the resources they need to survive, haplessly falling in love along the way. Change comes, like the inevitability of winter, and forces the friends to find out what matters to them most. Get your hanky ready for this all-time favorite full of gorgeous duets and ensemble arias about simple people living the epic adventure of life.

La Bohème will be sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. Anthony Barrese will lead an international cast along with the Opera Tampa Orchestra and Chorus.

Meet The Artists

Anthony-Barrese.jpgGUEST CONDUCTOR
Currently serving as artistic director and principal conductor of Opera Southwest, Anthony Barrese is regularly engaged by opera companies in North America and Italy. Barrese’s conducting credits include Le nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, La Cenerentola, and Rossini’s Otello. Other recent engagements include a production of Guillaume Tell with Opera Southwest, Kurt Weill’s operetta Johnny Johnson with Chicago Folks Operetta, The Merry Widow for Opera Saratoga and Orfeo ed Euridice in a return to Florida Grand Opera. Hailed by South Florida Classical Review as conducting “with passion and idiomatic fluency,” Barrese earns accolades as both a composer and a conductor with his original works earning numerous awards.


Raquel Gonzalez headshot  Todd Wilander  Ashley Kerr headshot  Keith Harris headshot 

  Raquel Gonzalez                 Todd Wilander                     Ashley Kerr                         Keith Harris

Frank McClain
(Stage Director)

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