‘La Bohème’ by Puccini to Rerun this November
Viva Voce Voice Lab’s staging of Puccini’s La Bohème, which was staged last April at the Mirror Studio Theater, is set to rerun this November at the CCP Black Box Theater.
La Bohème, the opera that Jonathan Larson’s rock musical Rent is loosely based on, is composed by Giacomo Puccini, who is widely regarded as the greatest and most successful proponent of Italian opera after Verdi. The story is based on Henry Murger’s novel, Scenes de la vie de Bohème, a collection of vignettes portraying the lives of young bohemians living in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840’s.
The opera focuses on the lives of four young friends – a poet, a painter, a musician, and a philosopher – and how their lives change one freezing winter’s eve, after a girl named Mimi comes knocking on their door.
Viva Voce Voice Lab’s staging is set in 1960s Paris, at the height of the French New Wave. This interpretation also features the full opera minus the chorus numbers, with a sole piano as musical accompaniment and backdrop to the voices.
The cast for the November run features Nomher Nival as Rodolfo, Anna Migallos as Mimi, Carlo Falcis as Marcello, Iona Ventocilla-Borja as Musetta, Roby Malubay as Colline, Fritz Rivera as Schaunard, and Raymond Yadao as Alcindoro. Nelsito Gomez returns to direct the production, with musical direction by Camille Lopez-Molina, and Oliver Salonga on the piano.
Viva Voce Voice Lab is a collective of classically trained singers with a passion for opera, and the art of singing. The singers of this collective are performers and vocal pedagogues that you can find dabbling in varied musical projects and performances around the metro – from conducting vocal workshops and facilitating their private studio recitals, to performing in solo classical recitals and as ensemble members of stage musicals and operas.
La Bohème will run on November 11 and 12, 7:30pm at the CCP Black Box Theater. For tickets, visit the company’s Facebook page.