Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00
South High School’s Music Department’s annual opera will be La Bohème, by Giacomo Puccini. It will be performed on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, at the school, 341 Lakeville Road. Both performances begin at 8 p.m. The professional-like opera is a student production from the singers who will perform in Italian (with English super-titles) to the musicians in the orchestra.
South High has been involved in performing operas for over 40 years, and it is one of the few non-specialized public high schools in the nation with an active opera program.
La Bohème, set in Paris in 1830, is the tragic love story of Rodolfo, a struggling writer, and Lucia, known as Mimí, a seamstress from the next-door apartment. Rodolfo falls in love with Mimí, and Rodolfo’s painter friend Marcello falls in love with Musetta. Rodolfo is unaware that Mimí has tuberculosis and is mean to her in the hope that she will leave him for someone who can take better care of her. Eventually she does, and Musetta also leaves Marcello. Rodolfo, Marcello, and their philosopher and musician friends are again living in a garret when they are visited by Musetta, who has brought the very ill Mimí to be with Rodolfo when she dies.
South High’s La Bohème is conducted and produced by Michael Schwartz, performing arts department chairperson. Musical director is Dr. Pamela Levy; Michael Capasso is stage director.