The Music of Puccini’s La Bohème Takes Center Stage


ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — Before Rent, there was La Bohème —and now it’s back for the kick-off of Pacific Symphony’s new opera-vocal initiative, “Symphonic Voices.” For three grand nights, the orchestra comes out of the pit and onto the stage for the presentation of one of Puccini’s most popular and heartbreaking operas. (Bring the Kleenex!)

Led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, La Bohème’s timeless tale of carefree bohemians and star-struck lovers features a cast of world-class opera singers, Pacific Chorale, and the Southern California Children’s Chorus — filling the stage with their astonishing voices. Inspired by St.Clair’s successful career as an opera conductor in Europe, “Symphonic Voices” continues next season with another Puccini masterpiece of high emotion, grand tragedy, and gorgeous music: Tosca.

Serving as stage director for this semi-staged production of Puccini’s most beloved opera of La Bohème is A. Scott Parry — hailed by Opera News as “marvelous,” “lively,” “imaginative,” and “spot-on.” Parry’s productions have spanned an enormous range of repertoire from West Side Story, Madama Butterfly, and La Bohème to La Cage aux Folles. And lighting and video designer Barry Steele transforms the concert hall in a way that the Symphony audiences have never seen before with lighting, projection, and props.

La Bohème takes place Thursday, April 19; Saturday, April 21; and Tuesday, April 24, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall; a preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30—$110; for more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit

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