"Visually inventive and colorful"—Opera News
"An absolute success, full of fine singing and acting, and eye-filling stage direction."—The Philadelphia Inquirer
A chance encounter on a winter night changes everything for Mimì and Rodolfo, sending them into a deep, passionate whirlwind in the heart of Paris, living among other young bohemians who are making art and falling in love. This popular revival of Puccini’s romantic blockbuster features sets inspired and enlivened by Impressionist masterpieces from the Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Soprano Vanessa Vasquez—known for “melting all hearts” (Chicago Tribune)— makes her Opera Philadelphia debut as the shy seamstress Mimì alongside Evan LeRoy Johnson’s Rodolfo. Baritone Troy Cook returns to the role he had in 2012, during which he offered “a strong, well-rounded portrayal of Marcello” (Opera News).
Production of the Palau de les Arts “Reina Sofía” in Valencia, Spain, in 2012.
Opera at the Academy is underwritten, in part, by Judy and Peter Leone.