Sign up with Eastern Opera for Puccini’s La boh me November 15, 16, 22, 23

Bound Brook, NJ (PRWEB) October 28, 2014

Eastern Opera provides Puccini’s immortal timeless La bohème, a story of puppy love set versus the penurious however joyous way of living of 19th-century bohemian Paris. La bohème is considered Puccini’s many beloved opera and for many the essential opera. The opera, sung in Italian, will certainly be completely staged, with orchestra, sets and outfits. 4 efficiencies are arranged for November 15, 22 (at 8pm) and November 16, 23 (at 3pm) at the historic Brook, 12 Hamilton St, Bound Brook NJ. Tickets are on sale at the Eastern Opera Box Office, by phone at (908) 566.5708 or online at

. Based on Henri Murger’s memoir Scenes de la vie de bohème, with libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, La bohème is Puccini’s many supportive and mild work of art. It is Christmas Eve, 1840. Four poor zealous artists share an attic house in the Latin Quarter of Paris: Rodolfo, a poet; Marcello, a painter; Colline, a theorist; and Schaunard, a musician. Though living in poverty, they delight in life with vibrant optimism. When Rodolfo succumbs to the stunning but delicate seamstress, Mimì, their unlucky relationship ends up being the psychological center of the story, as this band of bohemians grow to comprehend the delight and the misery of living in the radiance of the minute.

. La bohème premiered on February 1, 1896 at Turin’s Teatro Regio and launched its 38-year-old composer into worldwide popularity. Among the most carried out operas around the world, La bohème has actually touched the hearts of audiences for over a century and has actually motivated movies and most notably the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical, Rent, a modern-age tale of artists and musicians having a hard time to make it through in Manhattan’s Lower East Side under the shadow of the AIDS epidemic. The New York Times called La bohème “the world’s most popular opera” and for many it is the quintessential opera; a touching story with universal appeal, heightened by the expressive appeal of a cherished author.

. Italian composer Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) is identified as one of the most popular composers in opera history. He began his music profession as a church organist, however after seeing a production of Verdi’s Aida he understood his future was in opera. After his early success with the opera Manon Lescaut in 1893, Puccini continued his efficient collaboration with librettists Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa to adapt Murger’s memoir Scenes de la vie de bohème for the opera stage. More collaboration with the librettists led to the production of Tosca (1900) and Madama Butterfly (1904). La bohème was Puccini’s fourth opera and is extensively thought about a work of art. A master of the verismo style, Puccini was particularly sympathetic to the life of the young Parisian bohemians, having himself been a bad artist in his youth.

. Dr. Robert Butts, Eastern Opera’s founding Music Director and Principal Conductor, will conduct La bohème. Dr. Butts performed Madama Butterfly, Otello, Pass away Fledermaus, Carmen and a double expense I Pagliacci and Mark Twain and the General (an opera he composed) with Eastern Opera throughout its first 2 periods. He acts as Music Director and Conductor with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, BONJ Opera, Eastern Opera Company of New Jersey and In Mid Air Productions. He teaches and lectures at Montclair State University, The College of Saint Elizabeth, Drew University and The New Jersey Council For the Liberal arts. In addition, he establishes courses and individual lectures for Westfield Adult School, Leisure Knowing, Lifelong Learning, and other adult and continuing education programs throughout Northern New Jersey. He has actually done pre-concert talks for NJPAC, The New Jersey Symphony, The New Jersey State Opera and Elderhostel. With The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, he has established the broadcast video series Concerts and Conversations. He is a recipient of the Arts Council of the Morris Area Arts Specialist of the Year and has been a finalist for the 2010 and 2011 American Reward for Orchestral Conducting, the 2011 and 2012 American Prize for Opera Conducting, and the 2011 Vytautas Marijošius Memorial Award. He was awarded the 2011 American Prize Citation for exceptional instructional and outreach work in music.

. Vocalist, Director Karole Lewis, directs Eastern Opera’s La bohème, which she refers to as “a love story that continues throughout all time.” says Lewis. “The unchecked interest and gorgeous melodies complete the drama. The story explores all elements of human emotion while filling the senses with stunning music.”

. Lewis ‘directing expertise broadens a big range in repertory. She has actually directed with Eastern Opera, Opera at Florham, The Baroque Orchestra Summer season Celebration, Livermore Valley Opera (in CA) and Monterey Opera (in CA). This will be her third production directing La Boheme. Ms. Lewis is also an achieved singer and has actually performed leading operatic functions in California with Opera San Jose, Oakland Opera, West Bay Opera, Monterey Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, and Santa Cruz Bay City Opera– a business she co-founded and for which served as General Director. She has sung major soprano functions in Madama Butterfly, Pass away Fledermaus, Otello and Carmen (with Eastern Opera), La Traviata, La Boheme, Le Nozze di Figaro, Tosca, L’Elisir d’Amore, Carmen, I Pagliacci and Mark Twain and the General, among others. Karole was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera’s Western Regional Finals.

. La bohème features the talents of 10 singers from New Jersey and New york city. Tenor Peter Lewis will certainly play the function of the good-looking, yet troubled poet, Rodolfo. Formerly sharing the title function in Verdi’s Otello, sopranos Karole Lewis (11/15, 23) and Victoria Wefer (11/16, 22) will certainly play the role of Mimi, the poor seamstress struggling with usage. Baritones Donald Boos (11/16, 22) and Ted Dougherty (11/15, 23) alternate as Marcello, the young painter and Rodolfo’s finest close friend, and the function of the thinker Colline will be played by bass-baritone Hyong Sik Jo. Lewis (11/22) and Wefer (11/15) will certainly alternate with Justyna Giermola (11/22, 23) in the function of Marcello’s flirty partner, Musetta. Making their launching with Eastern opera are Shane Brown (11/15, 23) and Rashard Deleston (11/16, 22) who play Schaunard, the musician. And Don Kalbach plays both the functions of Benoît, the landlord and Alcindoro, Musetta’s sugar daddy.

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