What You'll Get
Click above to buy a $50 Level-B ticket to La bohème on Wednesday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. ($110 value). Buy here for a $75 Level-A ticket ($140 value).
To maintain tip-top technique, opera singers communicate only by song, which can lead to awkward exchanges when they’re pulled over for speeding or visiting a dentist. Witness the fruit of all that labor with today’s Groupon. For $50, you get level-B seats to The Minnesota Opera’s production of La bohème at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul. The Minnesota Opera is considered one of the most exciting opera companies in the country and specializes in staging works from the bel canto era, rather than the less popular yell canto era. Seats are in the B section (excellent acoustics and sightlines, a $110 value), so you’ll be able to comfortably look on in awe as high-pitched voices shatter monocles in even the loftiest board-game tycoon's balcony.
Set in Paris but sung in Italian and acted in German, La bohème is one of the most popular operas in the world and a model portrayal of romance, friendship, and the pursuit of love and art. Anchored by the stellar performances of Adam Diegel as Rodolfo and Jennifer Black as Mimi, it’s a heartwarming love story that was the inspiration for the Broadway hit Rent, as well as the CBS hit JAG. English translations are projected above the stage, so boasting about a limited vocabulary gleaned from a semester in San Remo won’t be necessary.
If this is your first opera, The Minnesota Opera's head of music, Mary Dibbern, will host an informative half-hour Opera Insights session in the mezzanine lobby one hour prior to the show (other artistic staffers may host the session). This overview of characters, music, and historical context will highlight notable aspects of the show so that spectators know the proper time to start the wave.
The high culture of today's Groupon can’t be bought or sold like a commodity, but it can be absorbed by osmosis and then taken home to be cultivated in a petri dish. Impress coworkers and landscaping crews with a lustrous veneer of worldly disposition that masks your encyclopedic knowledge of Pokemon species.
Call with your Groupon information on March 9 beginning at 9 a.m. to reserve your seat.
- Hence the Minnesota Opera's vivid production, which taps deeply into the currents of jealousy, guilt, remorse and grief that run throughout the piece, may strike even Donizetti devotees as revelatory. – Larry Fuchsberg, Star Tribune
- During last Friday’s opening-night performance, [soprano Brenda] Harris seared the heavens with a blazing performance that left her visibly exhausted during final bows. – Camille LeFevre, MinnPost
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 10, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person. Must call by 5pm on 3/9/2010 to reserve seats. Valid only for 3/10 performance. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.