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CUA Presents Giacomo Puccini's opera La Boheme


Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m.


The Catholic University of America
Hartke Theatre
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

The Catholic University of America's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme.

The opera is directed by Matthew Gardiner, assistant director for Signature Theatre in Arlington, and Fabiana Bravo, an alumna of the music school who has worked with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera and companies and orchestras around the world. David Searle, chair of the conducting program, is the musical director.

The opera, thought by many to be one of the most famous operas ever written, is set in 19th-century Paris, and follows the story of a group of starving Bohemian artists as they fall in and out of love.

Students in CUA's opera vocal performance program will play the parts of the main characters.

On alternate nights, Alyson Sutherland, senior, and Waka Osifchin, doctoral candidate, will perform as Mimi. Eric Gramatges and Riccardo Shim, doctoral candidates, will play the part of Rodolfo. Ashley Alden, senior, and Brandie Sutton, master's candidate, will be Musetta.

Zak Nelson, senior, will be Marcello. Damian Savarino, doctoral candidate, will be Colline. Alexander Indelicato, sophomore, will be Shaunard. Jack Mauro, sophomore, will be Benoit and Alcindoro.

The show will be performed in Italian with English supertitles.

SPONSOR: Benjamin T. Rome School of Music