Performance Dates & Times

December 21st, 2007 Friday 7:30 pm
December 23rd, 2007 Sunday 2:30 pm

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Technical Staff

  • Lighting Designer: Paul Black
  • Production Director: David Castellano
  • Assistant Production Director: Amanda Embry
  • Stage Manager: Nykol DeDreu
  • 1st ASM: Diana Ouradnick
  • 2nd ASM: Alfredo Macias
  • Set Designer: Robert Little
  • Supertitles: Michael Chadwick
  • Supertitle Projectionist: Pedro Yáñez
  • Set: Courtesy of Tri-Cities Opera, Inc.
  • Costumes: Courtesy of Malabar, Ltd.
  • Properties: Courtesy of Arizona Opera, Inc.
  • Wigs: Courtesy of Anne Nesmith

Pedro Yáñez – Assistant Conductor/Rehearsal Pianist

La Bohème Chorus

Adult Chorus

  • John Massaro - Director
  • Tony Albores
  • Aubrey Allicock
  • Lydia Choi
  • Alexis Davis
  • Paul Gallegos
  • Andrew Gray
  • Harriet Harris
  • Earl Hazell
  • Jim Huey
  • Kristin Jensen
  • Carl King
  • Dan Kurek
  • Antonio Lozano
  • Julie Malamut
  • Ann Marie Berg
  • Cory McCloskey
  • Mary Jane McCloskey
  • Shaun Moe
  • Katie Moore
  • Rebecca Morris
  • Jennifer Nagy
  • Jonathan Ng
  • Francisco Renteria
  • Kathleen Ruhleder
  • Patricia Sewell
  • Erin Tompkins
  • Kathrine Zannis

Children's Chorus

  • Dan Kurek - Director
  • Bebe Blanco
  • Molly Boca
  • Jessica Chisholm
  • Carly Christensen
  • Haley Cohn
  • Talia Kahn
  • Alex Keene
  • Aria Morris
  • Elysha Nemeth
  • Chloe Nicholas
  • Sophia O'Malley
  • Amanda Peterson
  • Taylor Wetnight

La Bohème Orchestra

Violin I

  • Jim Apperson - Concertmaster
  • Mike Prokes
  • Laraine Kaiser
  • Eska Laskus
  • Chris Jordan
  • Ryan Williams

Violin II

  • Sadarius Slaughter - Principal
  • Brandon Apperson
  • Marna Bowling
  • Sunny Ra
  • Sarah Bowlin
  • Laura Speck


  • Laura Apperson - Principal
  • Sidney Williams
  • VerRona Grandil
  • Megan Leigh Smith


  • Maria Simiz - Principal
  • Debbie Pearson
  • Melanie Yarger
  • Moe Fleming


  • Claudia Botterweg - Principal
  • Ryan Kuk


  • Barbara Chao


  • Ashley Williams


  • Brian Dredla - Principal
  • Natalie Lehr


  • Melanie Sanguinetti

French Horns

  • Nathan Mitchell - Principal
  • Shannon Kerrigan


  • Josh Whitehouse - Principal
  • Jason Johnson


  • Marty Demos


  • Gene Cervantes


  • Sonja Branch


  • Becky Forman


Gavin Brown, Don Johanson, Carl King, Brett Moellenberg, Julian Pena, Evelyn Simon and Frank Sprague

La Boheme

La Bohème

by Giacomo Puccini

La Bohème is an opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger.

La Bohème Cast Members

Rosemary Musoleno (Mimi)

American soprano ROSEMARY MUSOLENO enjoys an increasingly growing reputation both on the operatic stage and in the recording studio as an artist with a sunny, lirico-spinto voice, combined with natural musicality and a commanding stage presence.

Derek Taylor (Rodolfo)

Tenor Derek Taylor was born in Los Angeles, CA and trained at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), where he garnered rave reviews as Rodolfo in their 2005 production of La Boheme.

Lisanne Norman (Musetta)

Jeffery Buchman (Marcello)

Opera News calls Jeffrey Marc Buchman "a formidable talent". He brings an international, critically acclaimed career as a consummate singing actor to his work as a stage director.

Zdenek Plech (Colline)

Zdeněk Plech, bass, has been engaged as a soloist with the National Theatre in Prague since 2004. Born in 1977 in Brno, Plech studied voice at Janáček Academy of Performing Arts during which time he was awarded a Laureate at the International M.S.Trnavský Singing Competition (1998, Slovakia) and was a finalist in the prestigious Feruccio Tagliavini Bel Canto competition (2002), whose jury members included G. Aragall and K. Riciarelli.

Daniel Okulitch (Schaunard)

Bass Baritone Daniel Okulitch first came to national attention on Broadway as Schaunard in Baz Luhrmann's production of La Bohème–a role he repeated when the production traveled to Los Angeles, for which he received the Ovation Award for Best Ensemble Performance from the LosAngeles Stage Alliance.

Jeffrey Stevens (Alcindoro/Benoit)

The Story of La Bohème


Paris, Christmas Eve, c. 1830. In their Latin Quarter garret, the painter Marcello and poet Rodolfo try to keep warm by burning pages from Rodolfo’s latest drama. They are joined by their comrades — Colline, a young philosopher, and Schaunard, a musician who has landed a job and brings food, fuel and funds. But while they celebrate their unexpected fortune, the landlord, Benoit, arrives to collect the rent. Plying the older man with wine, they urge him to tell of his flirtations, then throw him out in mock indignation. As the friends depart for a celebration at the nearby Café Momus, Rodolfo promises to join them soon, staying behind to finish writing an article. There is another knock: a neighbor, Mimì, says her candle has gone out on the drafty stairs. Offering her wine when she feels faint, Rodolfo relights her candle and helps her to the door. Mimì realizes she has dropped her key, and as the two search for it, both candles are blown out. In the moonlight the poet takes the girl’s shivering hand, telling her his dreams. She then recounts her solitary life, embroidering flowers and waiting for spring. Drawn to each other, Mimì and Rodolfo leave for the café.


Amid shouts of street hawkers, Rodolfo buys Mimì a bonnet near the Café Momus before introducing her to his friends. They all sit down and order supper. A toy vendor, Parpignol, passes by, besieged by children. Marcello’s former lover, Musetta, enters ostentatiously on the arm of the elderly, wealthy Alcindoro. Trying to regain the painter’s attention, she sings a waltz about her popularity. Complaining that her shoe pinches, Musetta sends Alcindoro to fetch a new pair, then falls into Marcello’s arms. Joining a group of marching soldiers, the Bohemians leave Alcindoro to face the bill when he returns. ACT III. At dawn on the snowy outskirts of Paris, a Customs Officer admits farm women to the city. Musetta and revelers are heard inside a tavern. Soon Mimì walks by, searching for the place where the reunited Marcello and Musetta now live. When the painter emerges, she pours out her distress over Rodolfo’s incessant jealousy. It is best they part, she says. Rodolfo, who has been asleep in the tavern, is heard, and Mimì hides; Marcello thinks she has left. The poet tells Marcello he wants to separate from his fickle sweetheart. Pressed further, he breaks down, saying Mimì is dying; her ill health can only worsen in the poverty they share. Overcome, Mimì stumbles forward to bid her lover farewell as Marcello runs back into the tavern to investigate Musetta’s raucous laughter. While Mimì and Rodolfo recall their happiness, Musetta quarrels with Marcello. The painter and his mistress part in fury, but Mimì and Rodolfo decide to stay together until spring.


Some months later, Rodolfo and Marcello lament their loneliness in the garret. Colline and Schaunard bring a meager meal. The four stage a dance, which turns into a mock fight. The merrymaking is ended when Musetta bursts in, saying Mimì is downstairs, too weak to climb up. As Rodolfo runs to her, Musetta tells how Mimì has begged to be taken to her lover to die. While Mimì is made comfortable, Marcello goes with Musetta to sell her earrings for medicine, and Colline leaves to pawn his cherished overcoat. Alone, Mimì and Rodolfo recall their first days together, but she is seized with coughing. When the others return, Musetta gives Mimì a muff to warm her hands and prays for her life. Mimì dies quietly, and when Schaunard discovers she is dead, Rodolfo runs to her side, calling her name.

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