Saturday, February 7 – Thursday, February 19, 2015
Puccini's romantic depiction of love and loss among starving young artists in 19th century Paris is among the world's most beloved operas. The memorable score contains some of the most familiar melodies in opera, performed by AVA’s remarkable Resident Artists.
In 2005, two young singers took the stage in the Helen Corning Warden Theater to sing the roles of star-crossed lovers Mimí and Rodolfo in Puccini's beloved La bohème. Seven years later Ailyn Pérez ('06) and Stephen Costello ('07) reprised the roles for the Los Angeles Opera.
In 2010, Zach Borichevsky ('12) sang Roldofo at AVA opposite Jan Cornelius ('11) as Mimí. This season, Mr. Borichevsky made his European debut in the role with the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki and Ms. Cornelius sang Musetta with the Birmingham (AL) Opera.
AVA alumni are regularly featured in productions of La bohème in great opera houses around the world. In the 2014-15 season, Bryan Hymel ('08) and Michael Fabiano ('09) sang Rodolfo in the Zeffirelli production at the Metropolitan Opera; Eglise Guttierrez ('04) and Burak Bilgili ('04) were featured in Opera Naples (FL) production with fourth year Resident Artist William Davenport; and Corrine Winters ('11), Musa Ngqungwana ('14), Steven LaBrie ('13) and Christian Bowers ('13) sang La Bohème with the Washington National Opera.
2014 Cast List (* opening night)
Mimì - Marina Costa-Jackson* & Vanessa Vasquez
Musetta - Karen Barraza* & Alexandra Nowakowski
Rodolfo - Galeano Salas, Mackenzie Whitney* & Dominick Chenes
Marcello - Jared Bybee*, Armando Piña & Hunter Enoch
Schaunard - Michael Adams* & Jorge Espino
Colline - Nathan Milholin & Anthony Schneider*
Benoit - Nathan Milholin* & Anthony Schneider
Alcindoro - Nathan Milholin* & Anthony Schneider
Parpignol - Alasdair Kent
Sergente du Doganieri - Jonas Hacker
Un Venditore Amulante - Jonas Hacker
Chorus: Julia Dawson, Kristina Nicole Lewis, Hannah Ludwig, Huanhuan Ma, Sofija Petrovic, Alexandra Schenck