It's the tale of a group of starving bohemian-type artists all crashing together and living in the moment, despite the thick smoke of despair that swirls around them. No, it's not Celebrity Rehab. It's Puccini's 1896 opera, La Boheme. More than a century old, this one could have been written yesterday. The story of love, dreams and disease in Paris' Latin Quarter has become one of the most beloved Italian operas ever, and ranks second only to another Puccini gem, Madama Butterfly in the list of the most performed operas in North America. The sad tale of the doomed love affair between the struggling writer, Rodolfo, and Mimi, a tragic victim of that old-fashioned killer "consumption," is touching and timeless. The Dallas Opera's talented international cast is sure to bring this production to life in a big way. La Boheme--as you may know--was also the inspiration for the super mega Broadway smash, Rent, but hey, start at the source. Check out The Dallas Opera's presentation of La Boheme Wednesday and February 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fair Park Music Hall. Visit dallasopera.org for information and tickets.
Fri., Feb. 13; Wed., Feb. 18; Sat., Feb. 21, 2009