There may not be a more romantic homage to the working-class artist than Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème. The popular opera, set in 1830 Paris, tells twin stories, one about a fiery love affair between the penniless painter Marcello and his sexy sweetheart Musetta, the other a heartbreaking tale of love and loss between the ragamuffin poet Rodolfo and his exquisitely frail lover Mimi. The gorgeous score is ridiculously passionate (it could make a young woman swoon).
Opera in the Heights Stage Director Brian Byrnes says the relatively small venue of Lambert Hall is ideal for the show. The performers "don't have to push to fill the space," he says. "They can connect to the moment-by-moment emotion of the piece, so it becomes very personal." After opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, regular performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 1703 Heights. For information, call 713-861-5303 or visit www.operaintheheights.org. $35 to $45.
Fri., March 26, 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: March 26. Continues through April 10, 2010