By KATHERINE CALOS Richmond Times-Dispatch
Wrap up everything an opera should be in a single production, and you could call it “La Bohème.” “I think it’s kind of like the perfect opera for beginners and for veterans of opera,” said Ed Parks, who’s one of four lead singers making their local debut with Virginia Opera’s “La Bohème.” All are reprising roles they’ve performed in other productions around the world.
Posted by Molly Simoneau on November 18, 2015 at 1:41 pm
On Saturday evening, as the world was still reeling with news of the horrific terrorist attacks that devastated Paris, Virginia Opera took the stage at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax with La Bohéme, an opera that often reads like a love song to the City of Lights. The news of the previous day’s attacks made director Kyle Lang’s somewhat dreary production, with its crumbling buildings and muted coloring, feel more mournful than it might have on any other day.
BY RICH GRISET
Sitting at the opera at the age of 14, Elaine Alvarez knew she had found her calling: She would play Mimi in “La Boheme.” “The ability that it had to capture what we go through in our lives was something I had never experienced before,” Alvarez says of Giacomo Puccini’s classic opera. “It moved me to such a degree that [I decided] that was what I wanted to do with my voice.”