- $39 for one ticket to see La Bohème (up to $64 value)
- When: Saturday, February 14, at 7 p.m.
- Where: The Palace Theatre
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Right- or left-balcony rows AA-CC
- Orchestra rows K–L
- Click here to view the seating chart
Set in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s, La Bohème opens by introducing a group of young philosophers, musicians, and other bohemians who dodge their landlords to go out drinking. On Christmas Eve, however, Rodolfo 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” under the pretext of warming her hands and discerning whether she’s a snow-person in disguise. But love alone can’t fix their poverty or the illness Mimi develops, and Rodolfo comes to feel that his only way to help Mimi is to let her go.
Puccini’s lush, romantic score and the story’s tragic twists have compelled generations of audiences—and other artists . Jonathan Larson used the plot as the basis for his Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent (albeit with a much cheerier ending), and its influence is found throughout Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!
Opera New Hampshire
Opera New Hampshire is a company designed for its venue. A smaller replica of its New York namesake, The Palace Theatre was the grandest theater in New Hampshire upon its construction in 1915. By the early 1960s, it had fallen on hard times, but Union Leader editorialist Jim Finnegan conceived of a new starring attraction: an opera company, to be founded with the help of Mrs. Marshall "Poppy" Carbee and other community leaders.
The company had a rough first decade—the Palace Theatre was closed for half that time and its monarchs deposed—but ever since 1974, it's been regularly filling the air with overtures, arias, and choruses. Along with its full-scale works for adults, a key program is a children's opera series, presented free of charge to help create a new generation of opera lovers.
The Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St.
Manchester, NH 03101