Some rough-and-tumble opening chords can mean only one thing to opera lovers - Puccini’s La Boheme. The iconic work is back in Philadelphia for what could feel like the 300th time since first arriving here 114 years ago. Audiences rarely tire of the story of starving artists in 19th-century Paris, or the famous arias that convey the rapture of young love. But they might also feel like it’s a rerun.
The Opera Company of Philadelphia’s solution on Friday, September 28th at the Academy of Music is to set the scene with digital animation drawn from the masterpiece paintings of the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Masterpieces? Animated? The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports.
The OCP'S season-opening production of La Boheme is on Friday, September 28th. The opera will have a big-screen broadcast on Independence Mall on Saturday, October 6th.