‘La Boheme’ showcases post-French revolution era

Steven Martz, Staff writer

The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture (MIAC) is showing a striking opera from the Metropolitan Opera.
“La Boheme” is being shown in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Feb. 24.
The performance will start promptly at 12:30 p.m.
The doors will open at noon.
The opera has a total run time of 2 hours and 55 minutes, with two intermissions — the first is 33 minutes and the second is 26 minutes.
The opera is sung in Italian with subtitles in English.
Giacomo Puccini is the composer of “La Boheme,” and the librettists are Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica.
The opera is set in Paris around 1830. The setting was chosen because after the revolution and war people had little time for the arts and the artists behind the great works of that time.
As any time in history there are youth that are at odds with society, and these youngsters are the focal point of the opera.
Young artists during this time struggled more than most, but their love is still very strong.
The music of the opera is outstanding, and the compositions can put the audience into a deeply emotional state.
The melodies are constructed in increments with small intervals between the buildups which puts the audience on a journey.
Even the untrained ear will appreciate the musical sophistication of this great opera.
Marco Armiliato will be conducting.
Sonya Yoncheva plays Mimi, Musetta is portrayed by Susanna Phillips, Rodolfo is played by Michael Fabiano, Lucas Meachem was cast as Marcello, Alexey Lavrov plays Schaunard, Matthew Rose plays Colline and Paul Plishka was cast as Benoit.
As always, tickets are free for Mercyhurst students, $18 for an adult ticket, $15 for seniors and students of other institutions, and $10 for youth.