Neal S. Blaisdell Center - Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell | Honolulu, Hawaii
Fall in love with the artistic youth of 19th century Paris this April 26th as the Hawaii Opera Theatre presents its Mainstage Season's final offering, La Bohème, at the Waikiki Shell! Directed by Kyle Lang, this revival of Giacomo Puccini’s four-act opera will breathe life into the libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, with Maestro Dane Lam to conduct. Behold the Bohemian lives led by Mimi (Emily Michiko Jensen), a struggling seamstress, and her friends as they navigate Parisian society in 2 ½ hours of romantic affairs, ambitious passion, and soul-shaping sorrows. An all-Asian principal cast of opera’s most distinguished stars will lend their voices to classic arias such as “Che gelida manina” and “O soave fanciulla,” faithfully performed in the original Italian, with English titles superimposed. Honolulu’s Waikiki Shell will prove a magnificent stage for the event, enriching the experience with its immersive acoustics. Claim your tickets now for Hawaii Opera Theatre’s La Bohème LIVE!
Operatic history is a vast, vibrant domain that has enriched the artistic spirit of the world’s greatest cultures, and this year, we invite you to experience one of Italy’s finest. In its ‘23-’24 Mainstage Season finale, the Hawaii Opera Theatre presents La Bohème, the Puccini classic, LIVE at the Waikiki Shell, with an exclusive 7 pm premiere on the 26th of April!
“Hawaii Opera Theatre is awesome! They have talented singers, wonderful musicians, and great productions. It is amazing that for such a small company, they continue to perform at a consistently high level. You won’t be disappointed!”
A romantic saga in four acts, La Bohème was composed by the legendary Giacomo Puccini to a libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Follow the Bohemian life of an impoverished seamstress, her friends, and their struggles as they bound back and forth in the pursuit of love and art. Evocatively captured by a lush score, which features rousing arias such as “Che gelida manina” and “O soave fanciulla,” this opera Obra Maestra will take your breath away with its resounding portrayal of Parisian life, the passions of youth, and the heartbreaking sorrows that challenge conviction and camaraderie.
On his second directorial foray into La Bohème, Kyle Lang arranges a timely revival of the late 19th-century gem, featuring Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra Music Director Dane Lam at the podium. Principal characters, meanwhile, showcase the critically acclaimed talents of an all-Asian cast, several of whom will be celebrating their Hawaii Opera Theatre debut.
Emily Michiko Jensen as Mimi
Yi Li as Rodolfo
SeungHyeon Baek as Marcello
Nayoung Ban as Musetta
Sejin Park as Schaunard
Robert Ellsworth Feng as Colline
Chung-Wai Soong as Benoit and Alcindoro
Taka Komagata as Parpignol
Note: This forthcoming exhibition of La Boheme will be performed in Italian with English supertitles, clocking in at around 2 hours and 35 minutes, plus one intermission.
An iconic landmark in the heart of Honolulu, the Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell welcomes up to 8,400 visitors to experience this musical night in the island’s breathtaking natural expanse. The venue is equipped with a unique diamond-head dome designed for maximum acoustic resonance in an outdoor setting, with immersive sightlines from any point across its lawn.
Click the “Get Tickets” button above and book your reservations now for the Hawaii Opera Theatre’s opening presentation of La Boheme on Friday, April 26th, LIVE at the Waikiki Shell!