Neal S. Blaisdell Center - Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell | Honolulu, Hawaii
Venture into the affairs and aspirations of 19th-century Parisians LIVE at the Waikiki Shell in the Hawaii Opera Theatre’s final presentation of La Bohème on Sunday, April 28th! Part of the acclaimed performing arts company’s 2023-2024 Mainstage Season, this concluding exhibition features director Kyle Lang and conductor Dane Lam at the helm. Follow the vibrant lives of four young artists in two and a half hours of a classical romantic opera depicting the summits and sorrows of Bohemian youth, set to a score of sweeping arias like “Mi chiamano Mimì” and “Che gelida manina” sung in the original Italian. With an all-Asian cast of esteemed opera singers, including Emily Michiko Jensen and Yi Li, the production brings Giacomo Puccini’s four-act Obra Maestra into resounding life, featuring the libretto written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Get your tickets today and experience this gem come into color through the picturesque natural backdrop of the Waikiki Shell!
In a show-stopping finale for its 2023-2024 Mainstage Season, the acclaimed Hawaii Opera Theatre proudly presents the enduringly romantic tale of La Bohème! Acquaint yourself with one of the Italian operatic canon’s most celebrated classics, born from the musical ingenuity of legendary composer Giacomo Puccini, on April 28th in the company’s closing performance LIVE at the Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell.
“Puccini’s lush, romantic score perfectly captures the simple joys and heartbreaking sorrows of the idealistic young. Their camaraderie, conviction, and passions, masterfully conveyed by an iconic score, make La Bohème easy to love — and impossible to forget.”
Enter the Parisian society of 19th-century France in four harmonious acts that narrate the story of four aspirants — a poet, a seamstress, a painter, a singer — their romantic and artistic pursuits and the consequences that follow. When your heart and dream are both on the line, which path should you take? Should you commit? Even at the risk of regrets? In 2 hours and 35 minutes (plus intermission), audiences will experience a poignant portrayal of the free-spirited Bohemian life, punctuated by evocative arias such as “Mi chiamano Mimì,” “O soave fanciulla,” and “Che gelida manina.”
Once again, director Kyle Lang tries his hand at Giacomo Puccini’s seminal opus, reviving Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa’s libretto based on “Scènes de la vie de bohème,” the 1851 novel written by Henri Murger. At the podium, we have Maestro Dane Lam, the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Designate, conducting a perennial score sung by a distinguished all-Asian cast in the original Italian, with English supertitles included.
Yi Li as Rodolfo (Tenor)
Emily Michiko Jensen as Mimi (Soprano)
SeungHyeon Baek as Marcello (Baritone)
Nayoung Ban as Musetta (Soprano)
Sejin Park as Schaunard (Baritone)
Robert Ellsworth Feng as Colline (Bass)
Chung-Wai Soong as Benoit and Alcindoro (Bass)
Taka Komagata as Parpignol (Tenor)
On Sunday, April 28th, the Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell in the capital city of Honolulu will direct its spotlight to the Hawaii Opera Theatre’s riveting seasonal conclusion! Surrounded by the sprawling vistas of the island’s native habitats, this event space for the cultural arts invites opera-goers from all over to behold La Bohème through its stunning stage, splendid sightlines, and immersive outdoor acoustics. Book your reservations soon!