Parlando: The COC Blog

10/11/2013

Canvases Come Alive: Set and Costume Designer David Farley Discusses La Bohème

By Suzanne Vanstone

Beloved Bohème. No matter how many times one experiences this iconic work, the extraordinary pull of Puccini’s music continues to draw us in. With 15 COC mainstage productions and numerous mini-Bohèmes on tour and in recital, outdoors and in, the company is once again proud to present this cherished opera in a brand new production.

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10/2/2013

Introduction to La Bohème

By Meighan Szigeti, Associate Manager, Digital Marketing and Danielle D'Ornellas, Digital Marketing Coordinator

All you needed to know about… La Bohème

So what’s it all about?

La Bohème is a story of a young group of bohemians, originally set in 1840s Paris in the Quartier Latin. The four main characters, Mimì, Rodolfo, Musetta and Marcello, and their friends Colline and Schaunard all share the ups and downs of a typically bohemian life – love, loss, poverty, fun, and living life as if it was a performance. You have Rodolfo the poet, Mimì the seamstress, Marcello the painter, Musetta the singer, Schaunard the musician and Colline the philosopher, each defined by what they do, but not limited by it. As an opera, La Bohème is both light-hearted and heartbreaking, and has drawn audiences since its premiere with its emotional score and story-telling.

Want a quick synopsis? Head over here to read the plot on the performance. (Spoiler alert if you haven't seen it yet!)

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9/19/2013

The Three Tenors: Meet Dimitri Pittas, Eric Margiore and Michael Fabiano

(l – r) Vuyani Mlinde as Colline, Michael Sumuel as Schaunard, Dimitri Pittas as Rodolfo and Joshua Hopkins as Marcello in the Canadian Opera Company/Houston Grand Opera (HGO)/San Francisco Opera co-production of La Bohème, 2012, HGO. Photo: Felix Sanchez

When the Canadian Opera Company's 2013 production of La Bohème premieres this October at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, do you know who your Rodolfo will be?

You have a choice between three charming tenors: Michael FabianoEric Margiore and Dimitri Pittas.

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001