University Opera showcases a timeless classic
One of the world’s most beloved and often performed operas takes the stage in University Opera’s fall production, Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème.” Sung in Italian with English surtitles by Christine Seitz, the work will be given three performances - Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. All shows will be presented at the Carol Rennebohm Auditorium in Music Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
“’La Bohème’ is a perfect opera in which each act projects a characteristic atmosphere and each scene is tellingly contrasted with the ones that surround it,” says director William Farlow, “Not one word or note is out of place, making it one of the most perfect operas in the repertoire.” A multifaceted hymn revealing the joys and sorrows of youth, its characters are eternal. Puccini’s “La Bohème” refuses to age. When asked about the casts, Farlow responded, “It’s an extraordinary pleasure to showcase this opera with wonderful young singers!” In order to enjoy two exceptional casts, he recommends seeing them both.
Farlow’s cast includes undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, supported by the UW Symphony Orchestra under the direction of James Smith. The role of Mimì is shared and performed by Shannon Prickett (October 28 and November 1) and Megan Gryga (October 30). Rodolfo is also double cast with Aldo Perrelli (October 28 and November 1) and J. Adam Shelton (October 30). Michael Roemer performs Marcello, and Musetta, also a shared role, is performed by Lindsay Sessing (October 28 and November 1) and Caitlin Miller (October 30). Benjamin Schultz is Colline while John Arnold (October 28 and November 1) and Benjamin Li (October 30) share the role of Schaunard. Other cast members include Christopher Apfelbach in the dual role of Benoit and Alcindoro, Josh Sanders as Parpignol, and James Held and Erik Larson as a Customhouse Official and a Sergeant, respectively. The production also includes a chorus comprised of UW-Students and children singers from the Madison area.
Production staff includes costume designers Sydney Krieger and Hyewon Park, technical director Greg Silver, lighting designer Steven M. Peterson, set designer Liz Rathke, vocal coach Bill Lutes and chorus master Susan Goeres.
Tickets are $22.00 for the general public, $18.00 for senior citizens and $10.00 for UW-Madison students, available in advance through the Campus Arts Ticketing office at (608) 265-ARTS and online at music.wisc.edu. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wisconsin Union Theater Box Office Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 12:00–5:00 p.m. and the Vilas Hall Box Office, Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., and after 5:30 p.m. on University Theatre performance evenings. Because shows often sell out, advance purchase is recommended. If unsold tickets remain, they may be purchased at the door beginning one hour before the performance. The Carol Rennebohm Auditorium is located in Music Hall, at the foot of Bascom Hill on Park Street.
In an effort to help patrons find parking on campus, the Campus Arts Ticketing office is offering prepaid parking permits for a guaranteed parking spot on the evenings of ticketed UW arts events for $5. Preorder your permit online at http://arts.wisc.edu/map (5 days or more in advance; $1 handling fee) or call (608)-265-ARTS (3 days or more in advance; $1 handling fee).
University Opera is a cultural service of the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Its mission is to promote professional training and practical performing experience for student singers, conductors and pianists and, when possible, provide opportunities for student designers, actors and dancers. For more information, please contact Benjamin Schultz at email@example.com or (414) 899-9570. Or visit the School of Music’s web site at music.wisc.edu.
UNIVERSITY OPERA STAFF
William Farlow, Director
Mimmi Fulmer, Associate Director
James Smith, Music Director/Conductor
Bill Lutes, Vocal Coach and Musical Preparation
Susan Goeres, Chorus Master
Benjamin Schultz, Marketing and Operations Manager
Richard Mumford, Director of Public Relations and Concert Manager, School of Music