Pack Your Fancy Tissues

Puccini’s La Bohème was, in its day, the opera equivalent of a cinematic tearjerker à la Steel Magnolias or A Walk to Remember. It wasn’t especially highbrow, but it attracted crowds due to its simple, sweet, hankie-wringing plot — and still remains one of the most frequently performed and most beloved of all operas. Your doomed pair in this story are Mimi and Rodolfo, a couple of poor romantics who fall hard and fast for each other, then break up, then reunite only to see their love torn asunder by the cruel hand of (spoiler alert!) death. It’d be a massive bummer if not for the soaring, dreamy music that convinces us that true love never dies, even if Mimi does. Grab your tissues and gird yourself for the inevitable at The Dallas Opera’s production of the passionate blockbuster in the Winspear Opera House (2403 Flora St.). Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 to $214 at dallasopera.org
Fri., March 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 15, 2 p.m.; Wed., March 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 21, 7:30 p.m., 2015
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