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Monday, March 8, 2010

Puccini's Perfect Opera, La boheme

Minnesota Opera's production of Puccini's La bohˆ®me opens March 6

Twin-cast spectacular - James Valenti and Ellie Dehn; Adam Diegel and Jennifer Black

Minnesota Opera is pleased to remount its popular 1996 production of Puccini’Äôs La bohˆ®me. Considered the world’Äôs favorite opera, this heartwarming love story inspired Rent and is the quintessential portrait of romance, high-spirited friendship and the idealistic pursuit of love and art.

James Valenti* and Ellie Dehn*, who lit up the stage in the 2008 Romeo and Juliet, reunite in one cast, while Adam Diegel+ and Jennifer Black+ make their company debuts leading the other in this twin-cast spectacular. Hyung Yun* and Peter Barrett+ share the role of Marcello, and Karin Wolverton* (Rusalka) and Naomi Isabel Ruiz+ alternate as Musetta. The beloved Minnesota Opera production is lovingly reimagined by director Justin Way. Emmanuel Joel-Hornak conducts the Minnesota Opera Orchestra in his company debut.

Production Information

Rodolfo, a poet - James Valenti*, Adam Diegel+
Mimˆ¨, a seamstress - Ellie Dehn*, Jennifer Black+
Marcello, a painter - Hyung Yun*, Peter Barrett+
Musetta, a belle of the Latin Quarter - KarinWolverton*, Naomi Isabel Ruiz+
Colline, a philosopher - Jonathan Kimple*, Rodolfo Nieto+
Schaunard, a musician - JeffreyMadison*, Michael Nyby+
Benoit, the landlord - Ben Crickenberger
Parpignol, a toy vender - Brad Benoit
Alcindoro, Musetta's wealthy admirer - Ben Johnson

Conductor - Emmanuel Joel-Hornak
Stage Director - Justin Way
Original Set Designer - Robert Brill
Set and Lighting Designer - Marcus Dilliard
Costume Designer - Jennifer Caprio

Saturday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m.*
Sunday, March 7, at 2:00 p.m.+
Tuesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m.*
Wednesday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m.+
Thursday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m.+
Saturday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m.*
Sunday, March 14, at 2:00 p.m.+

345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

$20 - $200
Call the Minnesota Opera Ticket Office at 612.333.6669 or purchase online at


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