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La bohème

Opera Naples with the Naples Philharmonic

Hayes Hall

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Dec 11, 7:30pm – Dec 12, 7:30pm
Hayes Hall 8:00pm
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La bohème

Opera Naples
Naples Philharmonic

Ramón Tebar, conductor

Rodolfo, a poet — Matthew White
Mimì, a seamstress — Lauren Michelle
Marcello, a painter —  Craig Verm
Musetta, a singer —  Marlen Nahhas
Shaunard, a musician —  Sean Michael Plumb
Colline, a philosopher — Peixin Chen
Benoît, their landlord/Alcindoro, a state councillor—  Ismael Gonzalez
Sergeant — Andrew Hiers
Parpignol, a toy vendor — Derek Meler

Artistic Staff
Jeffrey Buchmann, stage director
Robert Little, scenic designer
Betsy Adams, lighting designer
Robin Frank, chorus master
Robert Signom III, director of production

Opera in four acts
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Puccini’s timeless masterpiece about lovers in Paris’ Latin Quarter struggling to find their way in a world torn between ideals and cruel realities. This sweetly tragic tale of love and loss contains some of the most memorable music in opera.

La bohème will be performed in Italian with English supertitles.

Opera Naples

Opera Naples

The company made its official debut with a Viennese-style New Year’s ball on the eve of 2006. Since then, its many performances in a wide variety of venues have consistently earned rave reviews and standing ovations. Just two years after its inception, Opera Naples was named Best Performing Arts Group by Gulfshore Life Magazine.

In its first decade, the company has presented such well-known grand operas as La bohèmeCarmenCosì fan tutteDon GiovanniFaustElijahEugene OneginIl trovatoreLa traviataMadama ButterflyNabuccoRigolettoThe Barber of SevillePagliacciThe Magic Flute, and Tosca. It has staged modern works such as La Tragedie de CarmenMaria de Buenos AiresTangoThe Medium and The Telephone, and it has produced major choral works such as Verdi’s Requiem. It has staged performances in venues including Artis—Naples, local churches, schools, retirement communities and a public park.

Opera Naples has become firmly established as the city’s opera company and an important part of the cultural life of the region. It is proud to have earned local, regional and state government support, and it is very grateful to its sponsors, donors and patrons who continue to encourage it and grow in number.

Ramón Tebar

Ramón Tebar

Ramón Tebar is considered one of the leading Spanish conductors of his generation. Recently appointed new artistic director and chief conductor of Valencia Symphony Orchestra in Spain for a first period of four years, he holds other positions in both America and Europe such as: Opera Naples (artistic director since 2014), Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia (principal guest conductor since 2015), Florida Grand Opera (music director and principal conductor since 2010, being the first Spanish conductor to be appointed music director of an American opera company), Palm Beach Symphony (artistic director and principal conductor since 2007), and the Santo Domingo Music Festival from 2009 to 2015.

Acclaimed for his musical versatility, compelling interpretations and orchestra building skills, Tebar’s international reputation in both the opera and orchestral arenas continues to expand.

Tebar has been recognized with various honors and awards. In 2014, he was bestowed the Cross of Officer of the Order of Mérito Civil in recognition of his cultural accomplishments by His Majesty, the King of Spain, Felipe VI.


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