La Bohème

by Giacomo Puccini

November 15, 17-19


Giacomo Puccini’s most beloved opera joyfully and tearfully tells a timeless story of “love found and lost.” 

This updated setting is Paris in the Roaring 20s. Cecilia Violetta Lopez of the Metropolitan Opera makes her Opera Orlando debut as Mimi perfectly matched with heralded tenor Ben Gulley as her Rodolfo. Company favorites Bridgette Gan (Musetta) and Gabriel Preisser round out the beloved opera’s characterful leading quartet.  In Italian with English supertitles.

The Orlando Philharmonic performs.

Performance Dates:

Wednesday, November 15 @ 7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 17 @ 7:30  p.m.

Saturday, November 18 @ 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 19 @ 2:00 p.m.

Bohème BuildUp Events:

Opera Orlando once again will hold a series of events to engage the Central Florida community in anticipation of each mainstage opera presentation. Bohème Buildup is a series of seven events, beginning on October 21. All events are free and open to the public except where noted.

Saturday, October 21, 8:25 p.m. and 10 p.m.: Immerse presented by the Creative City Project in downtown Orlando. Opera Orlando's Studio Artists will perform the quartet from Act III of La Bohème. Tickets to the day-long festival are available at

Saturday, October 28, 2 p.m.: Bohème Preview. Opera Orlando's Studio Singers invite you on a musical walk through Puccini's masterpiece. Timucua White House, 2000 S. Summerlin, Orlando. Free and open to the public.

Friday, November 3, 7 p.m.: The Three Baritones at Pilars. The Three Baritones-Gabriel Preisser, Nathan Stark, and Brian James Myer-reunite to perform Marcello, Colline, and Schaunard respectively for Opera Orlando's La Bohème. Here they venture far off Puccini's score for operatic explorations and hijinks. Pilars Martini Bar, 146 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 7, 11 a.m.: La Bohème: An Inside Look. La Bohème's conductor (Andrés Cladera), stage director (Robert Neu), and hair-and-makeup designer (Ron Wolek) share their visions for the opera and its unique setting-Paris during the Roaring '20s. Lunch is included. Tickets: $25 for Opera Orlando members; $30 for the public. Maison et Jardin 430 Wymore Rd., Altamonte Springs, FL. Buy Tickets Now!

Wednesday, November 8, 7 p.m.: Behind the Curtain (Open Rehearsal of La Bohème). A rare opportunity inside the creative process to see how stage director Robert Neu readies his cast for their upcoming performances. Tickets are $20. Reservations required. Plaza Live Rehearsal Hall, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando, FL. Buy Tickets Now!

Friday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.: Meet the Stars of La Bohème. The cast of the opera share their vocal talents in a program of arias, ensembles, and song. Tickets are $20. Timucua White House, 2000 S. Summerlin, Orlando, FL. Buy Tickets Now!

November 15, 17, and 18 at 6:45 p.m. and November 19 at 1:15 p.m.: Pre-performance Presentation. Conductor Andrés Cladera and stage director Robert Neu prepare the audience for the opera performance in the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater (open to ticket holders only).