La bohème - Michigan Opera Theatre

Overview

How do we go from tragedy to hope? From death to life? From loneliness to love? In this visionary treatment of Puccini’s opus La bohème, MOT does just that — by presenting the opera in reverse order. From finish to start, from death to the promise of new love, from loneliness and despair to the joy of friendships, wine, and song, this reversal presents the characters and arias we love in a refreshing, new vision of the story. Our favorite starving young artists and lovers survive to hope another day.

Presented in the Detroit Opera House in a co-production with Boston Lyric Opera, this bold, unconventional take on Puccini’s opus is itself a bohemian work of art: experimental, nonconforming, original. This production is the first to stage La bohème in reverse, marking an impressive creative milestone for MOT as part of our vision for The Next 50.

Fast Facts

*NEW PRODUCTION*

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Directed by Yuval Sharon
Conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni

Co-produced with Boston Lyric Opera

Artists

Yuval Sharon

Director

Benjamin Taylor

Schaunard

Edward Parks

Marcello

Matthew White

Rodolfo

Synopsis

What if life didn’t end in death but a return to love? What if we could rewind a tragic tale to take us from devastation back to hope? MOT places one opera’s greatest tragedies, La bohème, inMOTion—presenting the opera in reverse order. From finish to start, from death to the promise of new love, from loneliness and despair to the joy of friendships, wine, and song, this reversal presents the characters and arias we love in a refreshing, new vision of the story.

In this version, the curtain rises at the beginning of Act IV, and the opera plays scene by scene through Acts III, II, and I until we end at the beginning, our favorite starving Parisian artists preserved in eternal youth and dusted with the blush of love.

Presented in the Detroit Opera House in a co-production with Boston Lyric Opera, this bold, unconventional take on Puccini’s opus is itself a bohemian work of art: experimental, nonconforming, original. This production is the first to stage La bohème in reverse, marking an impressive creative milestone for MOT as part of our vision for The Next 50.

Sponsors

with support from:

Knight Foundation Logo

and

Gary L. Wasserman and Charles H. Kusher

Fast Facts

*NEW PRODUCTION*

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Directed by Yuval Sharon
Conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni

Co-produced with Boston Lyric Opera

Sponsors

with support from:

Knight Foundation Logo

and

Gary L. Wasserman and Charles H. Kusher