“The characters are so well developed that we laugh and cry with them throughout the performance.”Broadway World
“…simply amazing and so achingly beautiful to watch.”Broadway World
“If this is your first time to see an opera, you could not choose a better production…you will enjoy every moment.”Broadway World
“The beauty of the music and stagecraft in this production teaches us something about love and art.”Austin Chronicle
- New Staging
- Austin Opera, 2019
- Alison Moritz
- Peter Bay
- Scenic Designer:
- Michael Yeargan
- Costume Designer:
- Walter Mahoney
- Lighting Designer:
- Jim Sale
- Wigs and Makeup:
- Melanie Steele
- Erich Schlegel
A Message From Alison
Puccini’s La Bohème still feels perennially fresh today, over 120 years after its premiere. Generations of opera lovers have been swept away by the love story of Mimi and Rodolfo, inspired not only by their passion for one another, but also by the joie-de-vivre of their friends, and by the notion that life itself is a creative act full of both hardship and joy.
Watching this transition onstage may make us feel wistful for turning points in our own lives, but we can’t dismiss the charms of La Bohème as pure nostalgia. When Henri Murger wrote the stories that inspired the play Scenes de la Vie de Bohème, Europe was in the middle of tremendous turmoil. People were still dealing with the changes to the social order inspired by the earlier Enlightenment, and the Industrial Revolution was dawning. Later, in 1896, Puccini and his collaborators turned the successful play into an opera, working amidst the anxiety and excitement of the dawning of the 20th century.
The opera’s context, therefore, has always been modernity. As it has for over a century, the vie Bohème pulses with the spirit of invention and possibility.