Purchase any wing seat for Opera Kelowna’s La bohème August 18 or 19 – and be automatically* entered to win return flights for two from Kelowna to Victoria, Vancouver or Cranbrook!
Tickets can be purchased through Kelowna Tickets (online, in-store at Orchard Park Shopping Centre, or over the phone at 250-862-2867). Seating for those with limited or reduced mobility is available.
One of the most loved and performed operas of all time, La bohème is a nostalgic story that follows a group of young friends hanging out together and experiencing Paris, passion and scarcity. Composer Puccini’s music evokes the wings of desire overlaid with sumptuous melodies. Although La bohème was originally set in the 1830’s, Opera Kelowna delivers a fresh and stylish Roaring Twenties twist to this beloved classic.
“The cultural impact of La bohème is undeniable: Its story inspired the Broadway hit Rent; its music resonates across dozens of films; and it birthed our romantic vision of the starving artist. All of this is for good reason. Puccini’s exquisite score speaks to our very hearts, eliciting fiery passion, pangs of melancholy, and joie de vivre in equal measure. We are thrilled to share our vision of this iconic work with Okanagan audiences.” – Alexandra Babbel, Artistic Director, Opera Kelowna
Based on Henri Murger’s 1851 novel, Scenes from the Bohemian Life, the opera is set in the frigid cold of a Paris winter. Its narrative follows the intertwined lives and loves of a small group of friends: the poet, Rodolfo, the seamstress Mimi, the painter Marcello, the musician Schaunard, the philosopher Colline, and the coquette, Musetta.
Making his North American debut as Rodolfo is Chilean tenor Leon de la Guardia. After completing studies at the Conservatorio de Musica Isidor Handler, the rising star moved to Italy and now performs on opera stages across Europe. Playing opposite de la Guardia as Mimi is Edmonton-born soprano Ana Toumine, who recently played as Rosalinde in Opera McGill’s Die Fledermaus.
Acclaimed soprano and Kelowna native Carmen Harris makes a highly anticipated return to Opera Kelowna as Musetta, after appearing as Susanna in Opera Kelowna’s 2015 production of the Marriage of Figaro. Also returning to the company is baritone Aaron Durand as Schaunard, following a commanding performance as Papageno in 2016’s The Magic Flute.
The cast will also feature baritone Adam Harris as Marcello, who recently performed the baritone solo in Carmina Burana with the Indian River Festival, and UBC alumnus, bass-baritone Peter Monaghan, who will play Colline.
Joining the principal cast members on stage are members of Opera Kelowna’s adult and children’s choruses, hailing from communities across the Okanagan. The combined company will be accompanied by this season’s Opera Kelowna Orchestra, under the baton of Scottish conductor Bernard McDonald.
La bohème will mark the third Opera Kelowna engagement for Director Jessica Derventzis, who recently completed work as Associate Director on Dead Man Walking at the inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival. The creative team bringing Derventzis’ 1920s vision to life includes costume designer and Salmon Arm native Keren Huyter, and Alberta-based set and lighting designer Alison Yanota.
Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) was an Italian composer who discovered his true calling in 1876, after walking nearly 20 miles to attend a production of Verdi’s Aida. The experience planted the seeds of what would become one of opera’s most prolific and celebrated careers. Today, Puccini is known for composing some of the greatest operas of all-time, including La bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot.
*Expiry of the voucher is June 30, 2018 and includes airport parking at YLW. The draw will be based on seat numbers and will take place Saturday, August 19 and will be announced from stage at the performance that evening. The name of the person who bought the tickets will be used to determine the winner.
Should you have any questions or concerns about this production, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us!