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Opera Las Vegas's poster for Puccini's La Boheme. An artistic representation of Rodolfo and Mimi in the snow scene, as a trail of blackness representing her disease comes to take her away.

La Bohème

Music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
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$50-$90, discounts available.

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Location

Judy Bayley Theatre, University of Nevada Las Vegas outside

Judy Bayley Theatre, University of Nevada Las Vegas

4505 S Maryland Pkwy. ∙ Las Vegas ∙ 89154

Run Time

2 hours 30 minutes

Intermission

One 20-minute intermission

Language

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Premiered

1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio, Turin

Dress Code

Casual evening wear/Come as you are

Age Restrictions

Children under 6 are not permitted.

Rodolfo, a struggling poet, crosses paths with Mimì, a seamstress, and the two quickly fall head over heels in love. Their bliss is overshadowed when Rodolfo discovers that Mimì is seriously ill.

Faced with the realization that he cannot afford the necessary medical treatment for her, Rodolfo agonizingly decides to separate from Mimì. However, as her condition deteriorates, she finds her way back to Rodolfo's humble abode. They are happily reunited, but their future together is uncertain as the illness takes hold.

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Creators

  • Giacomo Puccini

    Giacomo Puccini

    Composer

  • Giacomo Puccini

    Public domain. Photo by A. Dupont.

    Giacomo Puccini

    Composer


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    Giacomo Puccini[n 1] (22 December 1858 – 29 November 1924) was an Italian composer known primarily for his operas. Regarded as the greatest[1] and most successful proponent of Italian opera after Verdi, he was descended from a long line of composers, stemming to the late-Baroque era. Though his early work was firmly rooted in traditional late-19th-century Romantic Italian opera he later developed his work in the realistic verismo style, of which he became one of the leading exponents.

    His most renowned works are La bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), Madama Butterfly (1904), and Turandot (1924), all of which are among the most frequently performed and recorded of all operas.

    (Wikipedia)

  • Luigi Illica (before 1919)

    Luigi Illica

    Librettist

  • Luigi Illica (before 1919)

    Archivio Storico Ricordi, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

    Luigi Illica

    Librettist


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    Luigi Illica (9 May 1857 – 16 December 1919) was an Italian librettist who wrote for Giacomo Puccini (usually with Giuseppe Giacosa), Pietro MascagniAlfredo CatalaniUmberto Giordano, Baron Alberto Franchetti and other important Italian composers. His most famous opera libretti are those for La BohèmeToscaMadama Butterfly and Andrea Chénier.

    Illica was born at Castell'Arquato. His personal life sometimes imitated his libretti. The reason he is always photographed with his head slightly turned is because he lost his right ear in a duel over a woman. When silent films based on Illica's operas were made, his name appeared in large letters on advertisements because distributors could only guarantee that his stories would be used, and not that they would be accompanied by the music of the appropriate composer.

    As a playwright of considerable quality, he is today remembered through one of Italy's oldest awards, the Luigi Illica International Prize founded in 1961, which goes to world famous opera singers, opera conductors, directors and authors. The Award is now awarded every two years and alternates with the Illica Opera Stage International Competition, which offers prizes and debut opportunities to young singers.

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  • Giacosa Giuseppe

    Giuseppe Giacosa

    Librettist

  • Giacosa Giuseppe

    Public domain.

    Giuseppe Giacosa

    Librettist


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    Giuseppe Giacosa was born in Colleretto Parella, now Colleretto Giacosa, near Turin. His father was a magistrate. Giuseppe went to the University of Turin, studying in the University of Turin, Faculty of Law. Though he gained a degree in law, he did not pursue a legal career.

    He gained initial fame for his play Una Partita a Scacchi ("A Game of Chess") in 1871. His main field was playwriting, which he accomplished with both insight and simplicity, using subjects set in Piedmont and themes addressing contemporary bourgeois values. He wrote La signora di Challant (La Dame de Challant, The Lady of Challand), based on a novella by Matteo Bandello, for noted French actress Sarah Bernhardt, produced in New York in 1891.

    Giacosa wrote the final polished version of the libretto for Giacomo Puccini's Manon Lescaut, which had been begun by Ruggero LeoncavalloMarco Praga, Domenico Oliva, and Luigi Illica. He also wrote the librettos used by Puccini for La bohèmeTosca and Madama Butterfly in conjunction with Luigi Illica. Illica supplied the plot and dialogue, and Giacosa polished the libretto into verses. Also well as the one Act play of The rights of the soul".

    (Wikipedia)

Cast

  • Shannon Jennings, Soprano, in a black outfit against a wood paneled wall.

    Shannon Jennings

    Soprano

    Mimi

  • Shannon Jennings, Soprano, in a black outfit against a wood paneled wall.

    Shannon Jennings

    Soprano


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    Praised by the Washington Post for her dramatic intensity and vocal ability, soprano Shannon Jennings continues to wow critics and audiences alike. In the 2023-2024 season, Ms. Jennings dazzles in exciting role debuts and star billings, singing the title role in Rusalka with Opera Orlando, the title role in Turandot with Gulfshore Opera, and joins Resonance Works for the title role in Pauline Viardot's Cendrillon. Equally at home on the recital stage, Ms. Jennings returned to Opera Orlando to present a solo recital entitled A Siren's Song, and joined Kentucky Opera to perform La música hispana, a solo recital celebrating her Cuban heritage with Spanish-language songs and zarzuela. Renowned for her portrayal of Mimì in La bohème, she returns to the role with Opera Las Vegas, and in a house debut next season with Charleston Opera Theater.

    In the 2022-2023 season, she performed the role of Mimì in La bohème with Kentucky Opera. Her 2021-22 season included making her house debut as the title role in Tosca with Opera Las Vegas, singing Mimì in La bohème with Newport Classical, and performing Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. She also covered Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with Opera Omaha, sang a recital with Washington Concert Opera, and covered Beatrice in Three Decembers at Virginia Opera.

  • Arnold Geis, a young man with long hair and a full beard, close-up in a black suit.

    Arnold Livingston Geis

    Tenor

    Rodolfo

  • Arnold Geis, a young man with long hair and a full beard, close-up in a black suit.

    Arnold Livingston Geis

    Tenor


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    Praised by Opera Today for his “sizable lyric instrument” and “honeyed tone on all registers”, Arnold Livingston Geis is a graduate of Washington National Opera’s prestigious Cafritz Young Artist Program. In the 2023/24 season, Geis begins as tenor soloist with the Phoenix Symphony's Carmina Burana and he returns to Lincoln Center, making his NY Philharmonic debut creating the role of Josef in Aaron Zigman's Oratorio Émigré (US premiere) after singing the World Premiere in Shanghai, China with the Shanghai Philharmonic. Recording with Deutsche Grammaphon to follow. Geis created the role of  Mr. Marks in Lynn Nottage and Ricky Ian Gordon’s Intimate Apparel with Lincoln Center Theater in the 2021/22 Season. He also sings Agamemnon in Wayne Shorter & Esperanza Spalding’s Iphigenia at MASSMOCA, The Majestic Theater in Boston, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. Geis' recent season included Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Concordia University in Orange County, CA and Beadle in Sweeney Todd with Opera Saratoga, and finished the summer at the Hollywood Bowl as a tenor soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana with the LA Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Geis began the 2022/23 season with Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Pacific Opera Project and the tenor soloist in Haydn’s The Creation with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall. He sings Rodolpho in La Bohéme with Greensboro Opera, The Shepherd in Tristan und Isolde with the LA Philharmonic, Handel's Messiah with The Dream Orchestra, Tamino in The Magic Flute with Pacific Opera Project, Pirelli in Chautauqua Opera's Sweeney Todd, and ended the season at the Hollywood Bowl as a tenor soloist with the LA Phil in Chris Thile's Attention!

  • Olivia Yokers, shoulder-length brown hair with a pleasant neutral expression and a strapless top.

    Olivia Yokers

    Soprano

    Musetta

  • Olivia Yokers, shoulder-length brown hair with a pleasant neutral expression and a strapless top.

    Olivia Yokers

    Soprano


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    Soprano, Olivia Yokers is well regarded for her thrilling voice and versatility onstage. Her most notable roles include Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Dayton Opera, Tulane Summer Lyric, Utah Festival Opera), Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Dayton Opera, Chance Opera Theatre), and Miss Honey in Matilda (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma). Miss Yokers has performed as a solo artist with companies such as Virginia Opera, Dayton Artist Alliance, and Oklahoma City’s Canterbury Voices. Performing in oratorios such as the Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. As an advocate for new music, Ms. Yokers was a part of the debut of Before the Night Sky presented by Opera America New Opera Showcase. With Opera Las Vegas in 2022 Miss Yokers performed the role of Lily in the debut of Letters to Lily composed by Emily Clements.

  • André Chiang, baritone, smiling with hands clasped against a dark background, he is wearing a vibrant blue shirt.

    André Chiang

    Baritone

    Marcello

  • André Chiang, baritone, smiling with hands clasped against a dark background, he is wearing a vibrant blue shirt.

    André Chiang

    Baritone


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    Baritone André Chiang has been described as “vocally commanding” (Oregonian), “handsome of voice” (Opera News), and lauded with “let’s hear more from this singer” (Washington Post). Chiang’s engagements include Ping (Turandot) with OperaDelaware, Marcello (La bohème) and Artist Martinez/Ecce Homo (Behold the Man - world premiere) with Opera Las Vegas, and Escamillo (Carmen) with Opera Western Reserve. Chiang has also been seen with the Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Philadelphia, the Atlanta Opera, Portland Opera, Virginia Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Las Vegas, Mobile Opera, and other American opera companies.

    As an educator, Chiang was a 2018 NATS Intern and in the first cohort of Pan American Vocology Association – Recognized Vocologists (PAVA-RV). Chiang is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Emory University, an Instructor of Voice at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and runs a private online and in-person studio teaching acoustic and amplified styles. www.andrechiangbaritone.com

  • Joel Balzun stands against a light-colored wall. He is wearing a formal vest and bow tie.

    Joel Balzun

    Baritone

    Schaunard

  • Joel Balzun stands against a light-colored wall. He is wearing a formal vest and bow tie.

    Joel Balzun

    Baritone


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    Praised as a "mature artist with a voluminous sound," baritone and composer Joel Balzun is establishing himself as a mature new voice in the future of music. His multi-faceted career has already led him to work with some of the world’s most respected musicians and ensembles. Highlights of his 2023-2024 season include his debut at Los Angeles Opera, Schaunard (La bohème) with Opera Las Vegas, works of Mozart with San Luis Obispo Master Chorale and a recital with Cincinnati Song Initiative. Other recent performance highlights include Marcello (La bohème) with Pacific Opera Project, Giorgio Germont (La traviata) with Opera Santa Barbara, works of Ralph Vaughan Williams with San Luis Obispo Master Chorale and numerous recitals featuring Black Dog by Tom Cipullo throughout Southern California.

    From Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center, Mr. Balzun has appeared successfully on both the operatic and concert stages. As a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center,  Mr. Balzun sang alongside Stephanie Blythe in a concert of American song, and Dawn Upshaw and Sanford Sylvan in Shostakovich's brooding Symphony No. 14. Other past appearances include the title roles in Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi, the Four Villains in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Prince Yeletskiy and Count Tomskiy (Pikovaya Dama), Albert (Werther), Belcore (L'elisir d'amore), Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Valentin (Faust), Sid (Albert Herring), and John Brooke (Adamo’s Little Women), among others. On the concert stage, Mr. Balzun has been a featured soloist in Copland's Old American Songs, Dvořák’s Te Deum, Fauré's Requiem, Haydn's The Creation, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and numerous cantatas of Bach. His acclaimed performance of Bach's Johannes-Passion with the Rochester Bach Festival was recently broadcast multiple times across the United States.

  • Bass-baritone Keith Colclough poses casually in a light blue button-down shirt and dark trousers.

    Keith Colclough

    Bass-Baritone

    Colline

  • Bass-baritone Keith Colclough poses casually in a light blue button-down shirt and dark trousers.

    Keith Colclough

    Bass-Baritone


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    Bass-baritone Keith Colclough was praised in Opera News for his "rich authoritative" voice. He has been a soloist with a number of arts organizations, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Opera Project, Opera Santa Barbara, Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, LACMA Sundays Live, Salastina Society, and the Santa Barbara Choral Society. Past operatic roles include Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Doctor Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, and Peter Quince in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His training includes vocal fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Opera Center, and a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany. An enthusiastic educator and scholar, Dr. Colclough serves as Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at Pepperdine University, where his duties include private voice lessons, diction courses, and vocal and stage direction for the endowed Flora L. Thornton Opera Program.

  • Paul Houghtaling, bass-baritone

    Paul Houghtaling

    Bass-Baritone

    Benoit/Alcindoro

  • Paul Houghtaling, bass-baritone

    Paul Houghtaling

    Bass-Baritone


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    Bass-baritone Paul Houghtaling has sung a diverse repertoire throughout the U.S. and abroad. Career highlights include the Philip Glass soundtrack to Reggio’s film Naqoyqatsi for SONY, on which he is a feature vocalist; several Carnegie Hall solo appearances with Cecelia Chorus of New York, American Composers Orchestra, and others; U.S. tours with the Waverly Consort, including Kennedy Center appearances; and “Opera  Buffa: Comedy On Stage” on Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artists” series. Recent seasons included Ko-Ko in The Mikado with Anchorage Opera, Natchez Opera, and Opera Saratoga; Sir Joseph in H.M.S. Pinafore for Nashville Opera; a return to Mobile Opera as stage director and Angelotti in Tosca; and his debut with Opera Birmingham as Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore.  He has also appeared with the Central City, Baltimore, Boston Lyric, Knoxville, Long Beach, Natchez, Opera on the James, and Santa Fe Operas, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild, among others, and has created roles in works by Philip Glass, Lee Hoiby, Michael Ching and others.

Creative Team

  • Joshua Horsch, posting with arms crossed in a dark suit and his conducting wand in one hand.

    Joshua Horsch

    Conductor

  • Joshua Horsch, posting with arms crossed in a dark suit and his conducting wand in one hand.

    Joshua Horsch

    Conductor


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    Praised for conducting with "steady acumen and considerable aplomb" and "awesome control” (Opera Today)Joshua Horsch is an extremely versatile operatic and symphonic conductor.  A two-time winner of the American Prize in Opera Conducting, Joshua serves as Music Director and Principal Conductor of Opera Las Vegas. Joshua’s recent and upcoming conducting engagements include appearances with Washington National Opera, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Orlando, Opera Idaho, Opera Baltimore, Greensboro Opera, Mobile Opera, Pacific Opera Project, and Tri-Cities Opera.  With a diverse repertoire of over sixty operas and a broad spectrum of orchestral and choral works, Joshua has recently held positions as a conductor and pianist/coach on the music staff of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Austin Opera, Detroit Opera, Florida Grand Opera, North Carolina Opera, Opera Saratoga, Pensacola Opera, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Newport Music Festival. Joshua studied conducting and piano at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Pennsylvania State University, and Ithaca College.

  • Octavio Cardenas, smiling casually in a black button-down shirt.

    Octavio Cardenas

    Director

  • Octavio Cardenas, smiling casually in a black button-down shirt.

    Octavio Cardenas

    Director


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    Stage director Octavio Cardenas captivates audiences with his visionary, visceral, and physical style of directing. Opera News has praised him for creating “an immersive theater experience” while the Dallas Morning News hailed him for bringing “every character and situation to life.” Recent projects include Traviata with Opera Las Vegas, Cruzar la cara de la Luna with Opera Santa Barbara, and the World Premiere of Zorro with Fort Worth Opera and Southwest opera. Barber of Seville with Opera Delaware, and Florencia en el Amazonas with Eastman Opera Theater.

    Mr. Cardenas’ recent productions of Silent Night for Fort Worth Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City were described as “a breathtaking realization” with “many brilliant touches.” The Kansas City Star called the Lyric Opera’s production “one of its finest performances in recent memory.” Other recent productions include La boheme for Minnesota opera to which the Start Tribune acclaimed, “what makes the production a success, is Octavio Cardenas’ staging.” His production of As One for UrbanArias was acclaimed by MD Theater Guide, “Under the direction of Octavio Cardenas, the two stars playfully make great use of both stage and energetic space—it seemed the theatre condensed and expanded with Hannah’s journey.”

    He has served as the Director of Baylor Opera, Director of Chapman Opera at Chapman University. Head of Directing Staff at Des Moines Metro Opera and has also been on the directing staff at Chautauqua Opera. Mr. Cardenas works at The Eastman School of Music as Professor of Opera where he recently directed Florencia en el Amazonas.  Upcoming projects include Don Pasquale with Opera Omaha and Zorro with Opera Santa Barbara.

  • Catherine M. Pratt, smiling close-up in a casual, artistic blouse.

    Catherine M. Pratt

    Lighting and Projections Designer

  • Catherine M. Pratt, smiling close-up in a casual, artistic blouse.

    Catherine M. Pratt

    Lighting and Projections Designer


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    Catherine M. Pratt is a theatrical, dance, and opera Lighting Designer based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Her recent design credits with Opera Las Vegas include Approaching Ali, A Capacity for Evil, Letters to Lily, and Proving Up. Catherine has also worked on various other lighting design projects that include Alice\'s Adventures in Wonderland (Rainbow Company Youth Theatre), Elf the Musical (Sierra Repertory Theatre), La Canterina & Der Scheuspiedirektor (UNLV Theater Opera & Nevada Conservatory Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Nevada Conservatory Theatre), Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (UNLV Department of Dance), This Moment of Movement (UNLV Department of Dance), Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet (Nevada Conservatory Theatre), and DramArt (a collaboration between UNLV and Cirque du Soleil).

    Catherine holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with emphasis in Lighting Design from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a B.A. in Theatre from Mount Marty University in Yankton, SD.

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