La Bohème

by Giacomo Puccini

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Dates

Friday, August 9, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 11, 2019 @ 2:00 PM

Venue

Canandaigua Academy
435 East St, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Description

Considered one of the most popular operas in history, La Bohème is the ultimate story of love and loss. Set in 19th century Paris, a group of poverty-stricken artists weave a coming-of-age tale of passion, jealousy, and regret, and face the harsh reality of the death of one of their own. La Bohème was the inspiration for Rent, the Broadway hit now celebrating its 20th anniversary!

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Performers
Elaine Alvarez

Elaine Alvarez

Recent engagements for Elaine Alvarez include numerous role and house debuts of iconic leading ladies, including Tosca with Choregies d’Orange, Kat’a Kabanova with Boston Lyric Opera, Mimi for Opera National de Bordeaux, major Verdi debuts as Elvira in Ernani and Hélène in the rarely produced Jerusalem for Opera Royal de Wallonie, and a role and house debut for San Diego Opera in Florencia en el Amazonas. The 2018-2019 season includes a return to the Metropolitan Opera for La Bohème as well as a house debut as Tosca for Opera de Oviedo, and a return to Opera Royal de Wallonie in back to back debuts of Verdi’s doomed princess, Aïda, and Donizetti’s infamous Tudor Queen, Anna Bolena, marking her first appearance in this bel canto masterpiece.

Jonathan Burton

Jonathan Burton

American tenor Jonathan Burton has been praised for having “thrilling power and beauty” (Baltimore Sun) and for being “an engaging all-around singer with a powerful, full-bodied sound.” (Opera News) For his recent turn as Calaf in Turandot, the (Herald Tribune) raved “a tenor who can add substantial flesh to Calaf as well as deliver the most famous aria of Italian grand opera to satisfaction is a rare find…Burton hit the jackpot with his delivery of ‘Nessun dorma’ that could stand confidently next to our worn recordings of Corelli, Domingo and Pavarotti.” Mr. Burton began the 2018-2019 season with his role debut as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Opera. Other performances include Calaf in Turandot with Knoxville Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Dayton Opera, Sarasota Opera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Welsh National Opera, Manrico in Il Trovatore with Central City Opera, Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West with Maryland Lyric Opera, and Canio in Pagliacci with Opera Omaha. In addition, Burton has also has performed with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Marlen Nahhas

Marlen Nahhas

Marlen Nahhas, recently praised for her “impassioned soprano” (San Francisco Chronicle), is currently a first member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera. Highlights of her 2018-2019 season include Violetta in the Emerging Artist Performance of WNO’s new production of La Traviata under the direction of Francesca Zambello, Flamingo in Tesori’s The Lion, the Unicorn and Me, Queer Kid in the world premiere of Sankaram’s Taking Up Serpents, a Concert of Comedic Masterpieces under the baton of Maestro Joseph Colaneri, and a debut at Finger Lakes Opera as Musetta in La Bohème. Additionally, she will make her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in excerpts from La Bohème conducted by NSO Music Director Maestro Gianandrea Noseda. In the summer of 2018, she was a member of the Merola Opera program at the San Francisco Opera, where she performed scenes from Il Tabarro, Don Giovanni, Don Carlo, and La Rondine in the Schwabacher and Grand Finale concerts.

David Pershall

David Pershall

Hailed by the New York Times as “passionate and resonant” and by Der Neue Merker for his “cultured singing,” American baritone David Pershall is quickly establishing himself as an exciting and vibrant artist. Last season, his engagements ranged from The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème, in which he performed the role of Schaunard, to his debut as Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon at San Francisco Opera. Mr. Pershall was a soloist in the Central Park Summer Concert Series named Opera Italiana and he made his company debut as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Des Moines Metro Opera Festival.

Jorell Williams

Jorell Williams

Praised by the New York Times as “magnificent” and “rich-toned”, Jorell Williams is an American operatic baritone with a wide variety of experience from standard repertoire to premiere pieces. This season, Mr. Williams returns to the Caramoor International Music Festival in a remount of On-Site Opera’s production of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, and begins the 2018-2019 season in Menotti’s The Medium with Victory Hall Opera, followed by the American premiere of composer Frank London and librettist Elise Thoron’s Cuban/Yiddish Opera Hatuey: Memory of Fire with Peak Performances and Music-Theatre Group. He is the 2018 winner of the Rochester Idol XII Competition.

Alex Soare

Alex Soare

Praised as a “stand out” (Opera News), “rich and elegant” (Palm Beach Arts Paper), and “refreshing” (Miami Art Zine), bass-baritone Alex Soare is on the verge of an exciting career. Recently, Alex was honored with Third Place at the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition; The Glenn & Ginger Flournoy Award at Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year competition and in January, Alex traveled to Barcelona as a Finalist for the 55th Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition. Recent engagements for Alex include performing as a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Glacier Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, and as Zuniga in Carmen, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Tom in Un ballo in maschera, and in Before Night Falls with Florida Grand Opera.

Production Staff
Artistic Director & Conductor
Gerard Floriano
Stage Director
Michael Ehrman
Scenic Designer
Michael Lasswell
Lighting Designer
Brian Barnett