10 Performances of Puccini’s Beloved, Romantic La Bohème at Seattle Opera – Stellar Casts Feature Francesco Demuro, Elizabeth Caballero; Company Debuts of Michael Fabiano, Jennifer Black

Locandina Seattle Opera BohemeSeattle—Seattle Opera continues its 2012/13 season next month with 10 performances of one of the most popular operas ever composed.
At turns joyful and heartbreaking, Puccini’s La Bohème tells an unforgettable story of impoverished young people who are rich in friendship, love, and passion.
La Bohème returns to Seattle Opera on February 23, running for 10 performances through March 10.
“Seattle Opera had the honor of presenting the U.S. debut of the talented young Sardinian tenor Francesco Demuro in 2009,” says Speight Jenkins, General Director of Seattle Opera. “Demuro’s career has exploded since then, and I am thrilled he is coming back to sing Rodolfo for us. He shares the role with another terrific young tenor, Michael Fabiano. With a great group of Bohemians, one of the most exciting conductors I know in Carlo Montanaro, and a great director in Tomer Zvulun, this La Bohème should be a delight for those who love the opera and a great experience for first-time operagoers.”
Opening night of La Bohème stars Elizabeth Caballero as the ill-fated Mimì, who falls in love with her neighbor Rodolfo, sung by tenor Francesco Demuro.
Following Caballero’s 2011 performance as Liù in Lyric Opera Kansas City’s Turandot, music critic Alex Ross praised the soprano, writing for The New Yorker that she “sang Liù in sensuously glowing tones, her charged legato shaping the music into cogent paragraphs. Liù’s death scene tore at the heart.”
Caballero made her Seattle Opera debut in 2009 as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, and Demuro made his U.S. debut with the company that same year, as Alfredo in La traviata.
“To call the young Sardinian tenor a spectacular talent is to do him less than justice: this is an artist not merely spectacular but profound and potentially great,” wrote The Seattle Times of Demuro.
Also returning for La Bohème are Norah Amsellem as Musetta and former Seattle Opera Young Artist Michael Todd Simpson as Marcello.
Both sang in Seattle Opera’s 2011 Carmen, as Micaëla and Escamillo, respectively.
Sunday and Friday performances of La Bohème feature the company debuts of Jennifer Black as Mimì, Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo, and Keith Phares as Marcello.
On February 24 and March 3 and 10 only, Jennifer Zetlan, who created the role of The Flier in Hagen’s Amelia, alternates as Musetta.
All performances feature Arthur Woodley as Colline, along with former Young Artist Andrew Garland as Schaunard and Tony Dillon as Alcindoro/Benoit.
Woodley has been a familiar face at the company this season, fresh off successful performances as Alidoro in La Cenerentola and Rocco in Fidelio.
At the helm of this production is Stage Director Tomer Zvulun, with Conductor Carlo Montanaro leading the way in the pit.
Zvulun earned rave reviews following his direction of the 2010 production of Lucia di Lammermoor, which Music-Web International hailed as “a practically unalloyed triumph.”
Montanaro likewise received praise for his Seattle Opera debut, conducting Massenet’s Don Quichotte in 2011.
The Classical Review called him “one of the finest young opera conductors to arrive in Seattle in years…[his] energy and musical sensitivity were manifest in every line of the score.”
Sets for this production of La Bohème are designed by Erhard Rom, with costumes by Martin Pakledinaz and lighting by Robert Wierzel.

Seattle Opera’s Family Day matinee on March 10 offers families a huge discount: adults may purchase up to four $15 youth tickets for every full-priced adult ticket.
For information and tickets, visit http://seattleopera.org/tickets/2012-2013/boheme/family_day.aspx.

Production Sponsors: Maryanne Tagney-Jones and David Jones, and Joan Watjen and the late Craig Watjen
Family Day Sponsor: Elaine Miller, in loving memory of her sister, Mary Bell Willis Schneider
2012/13 Season Sponsor: Gladys Rubinstein, in memory of Sam Rubinstein

La Bohème premieres Saturday, February 23, and runs through Saturday, March 10.

Tickets are available online at seattleopera.org or by calling 206.389.7676 or 800.426.1619.
Tickets may also be purchased at the Box Office by visiting 1020 John Street (two blocks west of Fairview), Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm (Wednesday 9:30-3:00 pm).
Ticket prices start at $25.

Further information on the 2012/13 season and full biographies of the cast members can be found at seattleopera.org.

Press Contacts:

Jonathan Dean
206.676.5543
jonathan.dean@seattleopera.org

Tamara Vallejos
206.676.5559
tamara.vallejos@seattleopera.org

Visuals Contact:
Monte Jacobson
206.676.5545
monte.jacobson@seattleopera.org

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La Bohème
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
In Italian with English captions
Premiere: Teatro Regio, Turin, Italy, February 1, 1896
Previous Seattle Opera Performances: 1965, 1971, 1979, 1985, 1991, 1998, 2007

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington
10 Performances: February 23, 24 (matinee), 27, March 1, 2, 3 (matinee), 6, 8, 9, and 10 (matinee), 2013
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes, with two intermissions
Evening performances begin at 7:30 pm, matinees at 2:00 pm
Audio described performances for visually impaired patrons available on February 24 and March 9

Groups save 15%: 206.676.5588
Seattle Opera Ticket Office: 206.389.7676/800.426.1619
Online orders: seattleopera.org

Artists

Mimì: Elizabeth Caballero / Jennifer Black †*
Rodolfo: Francesco Demuro / Michael Fabiano †*
Musetta: Norah Amsellem / Jennifer Zetlan ^
Marcello: Michael Todd Simpson / Keith Phares †*
Colline: Arthur Woodley
Schaunard: Andrew Garland
Alcindoro/Benoit: Tony Dillon

Conductor: Carlo Montanaro
Stage Director:Tomer Zvulun
Set Designer: Erhard Rom †
Costume Designer: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Designer: Robert Wierzel
Sets: Originally designed for the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, with new digital media projections by Erhard Rom
Costumes: Seattle Opera
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† Seattle Opera debut
* February 24 and March 1, 3, 8, & 10
^ February 24 and March 3 & 10 only

Andrew Garland and Michael Todd Simpson are former Seattle Opera Young Artists.

Learn more about La Bohème!

Seattle Opera offers the following educational opportunities:

Family Fun Workshop:
Bring your friends and family to McCaw Hall for a fabulous day of La Bohème-themed special activities, from 10 am-1 pm.
For additional details or registration information, contact the Education Department at (206) 389-7630 or barbara.jamison@seattleopera.org. Admission: $5

Audio Described Performances for Visually Impaired Patrons:
At performances on February 24 and March 9, patrons can request an audio-description headset, free of charge, which will provide verbal information about the opera’s setting, scenery, costumes, onstage action, and more. Seattle Opera has worked in consultation with the Washington Council for the Blind and Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences to develop this program.

Pre-Performance Talks:
An hour and a half before every performance, in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall, $7

Free Public Previews:
2/5/2013, 7 pm, Third Place Books (Bothell Way)
2/7/2013, 2 pm, Green Lake Library
2/9/2013, 2:15 pm, Kitsap Library (Sylvan Way)
2/12/2013, 12 pm, Freeland Library
2/12/2013, 2:30 pm, Coupeville Library
2/13/2013, 6:30 pm, Edmonds Library
2/20/2013, 2 pm, Ballard Library
2/21/2013, 12 pm, Seattle Central Library
2/22/2013, 2 pm, Everett Library

Exclusive Events for Seattle Opera Donors:
2/20-2/21/2013, La Bohème Dress Rehearsals ($400+)
3/7/13, Artists Insight Luncheon ($3,000+)
3/9/13, Insider Series: Backstage Tour ($1,000+)

RSVP required for donor events.
To make your reservation or for questions, please email rsvp@seattleopera.org or call 206.389.7669

About Seattle Opera
Founded in 1963, Seattle Opera is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. The company is recognized internationally for its theatrically compelling and musically accomplished performances, especially the Opera’s interpretations of the works of Richard Wagner.
Since 1975, Seattle Opera has presented 38 cycles of the Ring (three different productions), in addition to acclaimed productions of all the other major operas in the Wagner canon.
Seattle Opera has achieved the highest per capita attendance of any major opera company in the United States, and draws operagoers from four continents and 50 states.

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