May 2021

Streaming on-demand

Overview

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Puccini in the pandemic.

Set in current-day New York, this filmed opera reimagines La bohème by glorifying rooftops, mattresses, and the grungy, sexy, dirty world of being in your early twenties in the city that never sleeps. This work focuses specifically on Asian, Asian-American, and BIPOC youth and their experiences, creating a poignant subplot of immigration, assimilation, and racism.

This film embraces the current pandemic as an opportunity to set Mimì’s illness and poverty in a context that is relatable and timely. It also notes the prejudice surrounding Asians and Asian Americans as a result of this global crisis. Visually, it was shot in real locations but romanticized with animation. The story will transport you from apartments and lofts to the beautiful dreams and imaginations of the characters with animated metaphors that work to enact Puccini’s theatrics symbolically. This La bohème defies stereotypes, subverts tropes, and boasts a diverse cast while leaning on America’s greatest Asian singers.

La bohème: A film by Laine Rettmer is a co-production of More Than Musical, Opera Columbus, Opera Omaha, and Tri-Cities Opera.

Performance Information

Run Time

Approximately 90 minutes.

Language

Performed in Italian with English subtitles.

Location

Streaming online.

Tickets

Our online stream of La bohème will be available to watch on operabox.tv in May 2021. Click below to purchase, register, and watch.

Coming in May

Streaming on-demand

Cast

Rodolfo
Ziwen Xiang
Mimì
Bizhou Chang
Marcello
Luis Orozco
Musetta
Larisa Martínez
Colline
Hidenori Inoue
Schaunard
Markel Reed
Alcindoro
Yi Yang
Parpignol
Anthony Roth Costanzo

Creative Team

Director
Laine Rettmer
Conductor
Sean Kelly