Future opera singers are easily identified at birth due to their multi-octave crying and graceful bows as they emerge from the womb. Check out how far these toddling tenors have come with this GrouponLive deal to La Boheme, presented by Arbor Opera Theater at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. For $35, you get two tickets for seating in the balcony in rows A–K (up to a $70 value). Choose between the following shows:
- Thursday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, June 17, at 2 p.m.
Arbor Opera Theater's 11th summer festival season tugs at the collective heartstrings of audiences with its production of Giacomo Puccini's fourth opera, La Boheme, which is the romantic story that inspired the Broadway sensation Rent. Set in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s, La Boheme introduces spectators to a young group of philosophers, musicians, and other bohemians who all need to pay their rent but instead dodge their landlords to go out drinking. Rodolfo, however, remains in his unheated apartment, where he first meets his neighbor Mimi, a young seamstress looking for a candle for warmth. Inviting her in, Rodolfo helplessly falls in love and into song, belting out “Che Gelida Manina,” which describes how cold Mimi’s hands are as she beautifully and tenderly holds a snowman head.
As the opera's story of romance and heartache unfolds, the theater's cast of thespians parades about in period costumes, and maestro Warren Puffer Jones conducts a full orchestra through Puccini’s sweeping melodies. The majesty of mid-19th-century Paris overruns the stage at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, which is tucked inside the Michigan League building on the University of Michigan's central campus. The shoebox-style theater, built in 1929, cradles up to 644 guests inside its solid-oak paneling and in front of its cyclorama, a curved wall at the back of the stage designed to improve sound and boost scoring in intramural jai alai.
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