When emotions run too high in movies, the music gets loud and accentuates the drama.
When emotions run too high in musicals, everyone starts singing and dancing.
Opera combines the best of both worlds: the music and the emotion, without the occasional bad dialogue and the annoying dancing that comes with a musical or a film.
La Boheme, an opera by Puccini, is playing Saturday, April 5, at 12:55 p.m. in the PAC. It’s playing as part of a program called “Live at the MET,” and is broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. It will feature interviews with the cast and crew during the intermissions of the performance.
The opera follows the life of four bohemians (some might call them “free spirits”) throughout a period of their lives in 1830s Paris. More particularly, it follows the lives of Marcello and Rodolfo and their whirlwind romances with Musetta and Mimi, respectively.
The two relationships begin on the same night and burn and rage with passion and desire and grief all throughout the opera. The time lapse on stage is relatively brief, only covering about six months or so. But the emotions and messages within the opera are poignant enough that it has lasted from its premiere in 1896 to the present day.
The show starts 12:55 p.m. on April 5 and runs for 3 hours and 55 minutes. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students without ID, $10 for youth, and $7 for students with ID.