HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will host the Knoxville Opera for a community performance of Puccini’s La Boheme at 4 p.m. on Jan. 12 in the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center in the Duke Hall of Citizenship.
The presentation includes a 40-minute staged and costumed performance in English of the opera based on Henri Murger’s novel, Scenes de la vie de boheme, a collection of vignettes portraying young bohemians living in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1830s. The story is a tale of two passionate love affairs and one heartbreaking death as Mimi and Rodolfo fall in love, but her failing health and his abject poverty threaten their happiness. Puccini’s music depicts the joy of life and heartbreaks of struggling Bohemian artists. A question and answer session will follow the performance and the audience is invited on stage to take photos with the performers at the conclusion of the event.
The program will feature Executive Director and Conductor Brian Salesky, soprano Sonja Krenek as Mimi, tenor Oswaldo Iraheta as Rodolfo and soprano Brittany Robinson as Musetta. The high-energy, entertaining presentation is part of Knoxville Opera’s extensive community outreach initiative aimed at introducing opera to new audiences. For each of the past five years, Knoxville Opera has presented an abbreviated opera production in English for students in their schools.
The program is free and open to the public. LMU Board of Trustees Chairman Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk and his wife, Cindi, have sponsored the event.
For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Theatre and LMU Theatre Technical Director Joe Gill at 423-869-6265.