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LOVE IS IN THE AIR THIS SPRING WITH LA BOHÈME, AT THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANYBy Public RelationsPosted In Press Releases
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Toronto – Puccini’s La Bohème, one of opera’s best-known love stories, is returning to the stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Art, life, love and loss collide for a charismatic group of struggling young artists in 19th-century Paris. Set to some of the most moving music ever composed, the story has captured the hearts of generations of audiences and inspired numerous adaptations, including the hit Broadway musical, Rent. La Bohème runs for 10 performances on April 17, 26, 28, May 2, 4, 5, 7, 11 (two performances), 22, 2019.
A mix of rising Canadian and international stars comprise this stellar cast: American soprano Angel Blue makes her COC debut as the doomed Mimì. Blue was named one of “18 to Watch” by Opera News this past year and shares the role with Lebanese-Canadian soprano and Ensemble Studio graduate, Miriam Khalil, who was recently nominated for a Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year. Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan won San Francisco Opera’s Emerging Stars Competition in 2018 and shares the role of Mimì’s love, Rodolfo with “gifted young [American] tenor” (New York Times) Joshua Guerrero. Canadian soprano Andriana Chuchman brings her “sure, glorious sound” (Washington Post) to the role of the lively Musetta, which she shares with Toronto-based soprano Danika Lorèn, a recent graduate of the COC Ensemble Studio. American baritone Lucas Meachem and Polish baritone Andrzej Filończyk alternate as struggling artist Marcello; Filończyk recently took home first prize at the International Vocal Competition in Petrovice and Meachem’s portrayal of Marcello at the Met recently earned him rave reviews.
American bass-baritone and recent graduate of Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program Brandon Cedel shares the role of the philosopher, Colline, with Turkish bass Önay Köse, making his COC debut; Köse also appears as Lodovico in Otello this spring. Two Canadians share the role of the musician Schaunard: baritone Phillip Addis, reprising his role from the COC’s 2013 presentation, and COC Ensemble Studio bass-baritone Joel Allison.
Tony Award-winner John Caird directs this popular COC production, that was last performed in Toronto in 2014. Katherine M. Carter brings his vision to life as revival director; she is joined by Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated set and costume designer David Farley. The creative team drew visual inspiration from France’s Belle Époque period to convey characters’ rose-tinted sense of hope and absolute commitment to their art. The set cleverly incorporates a collage of canvases by the painter in the opera, Marcello, effectively framing the story on-stage within various Parisian locales. Richly coloured lighting design is by Michael James Clark.
Italian conductor Paolo Carignani (2012’s Tosca and 2016’s Carmen) returns to Toronto to lead the COC Orchestra through a sweeping score that includes Mimì and Rodolfo’s famously heartbreaking love duets. Italian conductor Antonello Allemandi, making his COC debut, conducts the final performance on May 22. Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst leads the COC Chorus through some of opera’s most memorable melodies.
La Bohème is sung in Italian and presented by the COC with English SURTITLES™.
La Bohème is a COC co-production with Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera.
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
Angel Blue and Miriam Khalil*
Atalla Ayan and Joshua Guerrero*
Andriana Chuchman and Danika Lorèn*
Lucas Meachem and Andrzej Filończyk*
Brandon Cedel and Önay Köse*
Phillip Addis and Joel Allison*
Benoît and Alcindoro
Donato Di Stefano
Customs House Sergeant
Paolo Carignani and Antonello Allemandi**
Katherine M. Carter
Set & Costume Designer
Original Lighting Designer
Michael James Clark
Revival Lighting Designer
Price Family Chorus Master
* May 5, 11 (2pm), 22
Single tickets for La Bohème range from $35 – $250 with Grand Ring seats available at $290 and $350. Tickets are on sale now, available online at coc.ca, by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office (145 Queen St. W.). For more information on specially priced tickets available to young people under the age of 15, standing room, Opera Under 30, student groups and rush seating, visit coc.ca.
BMO Financial Group: Season Sponsor
Volvo Car Canada: Official Automotive Partner of the Canadian Opera Company and the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
The COC Academy is underwritten by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, with additional support by Keith Ambachtsheer & Virginia Atkin.
The Ensemble Studio is underwritten in part by Anne & Tony Arrell, Peter M. Deeb, Marjorie & Roy Linden, Sheila K. Piercey, RBC Foundation, Slaight Family Foundation, Government of Canada, Hal Jackman Foundation, with additional support by: ARIAS: Canadian Opera Student Development Fund, David & Kristin Ferguson, Ethel Harris & the late Milton E. Harris, Peter & Hélène Hunt, Patrick and Barbara Keenan Foundation, Joy Levine, Patricia & Frank Mills, Roger D. Moore, June Shaw, The Stratton Trust, Janet Stubbs, Toronto Wagner Society, Ruth Watts-Gransden, Brian Wilks, Nora Wilson
PRODUCTION ORIGINALLY MADE POSSIBLE BY:
Jerry & Geraldine Heffernan
ABOUT THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006. For more information on the COC, visit coc.ca.
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