By Meighan Szigeti, Associate Manager, Digital Marketing
Like Wagner's Die Walküre before it, Puccini’s La Bohème is one of those popular operas that seeps into our pop-culture subconscious. Many audience members who are new to opera might hear a duet or an aria from La Bohème and suddenly exclaim “oh THAT’S where I’ve heard that!” or “That was in Moonstruck?! Wow, I need to become more cultured.”
Well, that last point may not be the case... but if you find yourself wondering if La Bohème is well represented in TV and movies (aside from Rent, let's focus on the lesser-known references you may have missed), here are a few examples of where you have have seen Puccini’s most-performed opera referenced by other pop-culture creators:
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The Canadian Opera Company's popular Inside Opera video series is back, this time with a look at our first production of the 2013/2014 season, Puccini's romantic classic, La Bohème!
Watch the video below and join costume and set designer David Farley behind the scenes as he tours the COC's wigs and costume departments and works with our staff to get just the right fit for our cast in this new production.
Don't forget to catch up with our first Inside Opera video from this season, which features an interview with costume and set designer David Farley as he introduces the COC's scene shop and showcases the sets and props of La Bohème.
What's he doing with us: This fall we're presenting a brand new production of one of opera's most beloved love stories — Puccini's heartbreaking La Bohème. Our Set and Costume Designer David Farley makes his COC debut imagining the world of Rodolfo, Mimì, Marcello and Musetta, designing a set inspired by and comprised of Marcello’s paintings.
Where you might have seen him: The Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated designer has credits that include a deliciously bleak production of The Turn of the Screw at the New York City Opera, several highly lauded theatre productions such as La Cage aux Folles and Sunday in the Park with George in London's West End and Broadway (the latter of which earned him an Olivier), and closer to home for us, Kiss Me, Kate at the Stratford Festival.
His background: A graduate of the Oxfordshire School of Art and Design and Wimbledon School of Art, Farley started his career with a strong, practical background in Theatre Design and had his first big break designing a David Mamet double bill of Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The Shawl.
Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001