S.F. OPERA'S BOHÉME OUT OF THE BOX
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- Concluding its free performances Bay Area's tour, San Francisco Opera's Bohéme Out of the Box will present its last performance in the East Bay at Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater in partnership with the City of Dublin on March 31(7:30 p.m.) April l (7:30 p.m.) and April 2 (2p.M) . There will be pre-opera talks (to explain aspects of the work) 45 minutes before each performance on Friday and Saturday evenings, and a free First Act Workshop to families with young children 45 minutes before the Sunday's matinee.
Composed by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, the Opera in four acts with libretto by Luigi Illica and Giosepe Giacosa, premiered at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy in February 1, l906, and the reason why it is being presented during the Centelial Celebration of the San Francisco's Opera, is because La Bohéme was the first opera that was presented on its stage 100 years ago.
One of the favorite operas by audiences, La Bohéme is the tender love story of Rodolfo, a poor French Bohemian poet and and Mimi, a tubercular young girl, who on Christmas Eve, knocks at his room's door to ask him for a match, because the draft of the wind in their boarding house, blew the flame of her candle, as she was walking to her room, and the stairs are dark.
Under the direction of Jose Maria Condemi, the four-act opera will be performed in an intimate 75 minute (abridged version) on a converted shipping container, turned mobile opera stage, with a cast of San Francisco Opera's young artists in residence, Adler Fellows and great artists and with a keyboard accompaniment. The opera will be performed in Italian with English dialogue. Synopses of the librettos in both English and Spanish can be requested at: at sfopera.com/box The event is free but registration at sfopera.com/box is encouraged to those who would like to receive updates. The audience will be sitting on the ground, so it is recommended to bring weather proof blankets to sit on, because the grass may be wet.
We should mention that for everybody, to attend these free performances of an opera is important, because they allow the San Francisco's Opera House to accomplish some of their many educational purposes. for the audience attending the concerts and for the S.F. Opera's singers in training. By learning the opera's librettos,, The Adler Fellows and Artists in residence have to interpret the different arias, how to convey the action, and how to portray the different emotions using their singers' voices, and give them the unique chance to actually sing and act the opera, in front of of a live audience and observe its reaction. On the other part, by bringing their operas, free of charge, to the Bay Area communities, the S.F. Opera gives everybody a chance to watch an opera.
This year, in spite that the first Opera in the Box shows scheduled for Alameda (On March 10-12) were cancelled due to inclement weather, the South San Francisco (March 17-18) performances went as schedule, with the performances in Los Gatos attended by 650 people, thus, demonstrating that classical music is for everyone. because is music, but it is presented in such a manner, that it has the magic to touch our hearts.
The Dublin Schedule of Opera in the Box will be as follows:
Olivia Smith (Mimi) Arianna Rodriguez (Musetta)
Saturday, April 1 (7:30 p.m.) Mikayla Sager (Mimi) Nikola Printz (Musetta) Edward Graves (Rodolfo) Yang Ling (pianist)
Additional casting for all performances:
PLEASE NOTE: in the event of rain and inclement weather, these outdoor performances may be cancelled or delayed. Please check updates at sfopera.com/box.