Opera Omaha announces Puccini's La bohème coming to Orpheum Theater November 4 and 6

Oct 13, 2016, 14:51 PM by Kelly Bartnick

Opera Omaha
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016
Media Contact: 
Katie Broman, Director of Marketing / Public Relations
(402) 346-4398 Ext. 204 | 

Puccini’s La bohème 
November 4 & 6, 2016

– Opera Omaha’s La bohème by Giacomo Puccini plays at the Orpheum Theater Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, 2 p.m. La bohème is directed by Crystal Manich and conducted by Leonardo Vordoni.

One of the best known and beloved operas of all time, La bohème is the cherished story of love and loss. Beginning as a tale of youth, romance and optimism, a group of passionate Bohemians in Paris live as artists and musicians, celebrating life’s victories and weathering its hardships. As time passes, love turns to loss and hopefulness to heartache. Puccini’s timeless story of love, friendship and unwavering dreams has been cherished for more than a century.

Opera: La bohème by Giacomo Puccini 

Dates: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Credits: Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, 
based on the novel Scènes de la Vie de Bohème by Henri Murger
World Premiere: Teatro Regio, Turin, 1896

Approximate running time: 3 hours including two intermissions
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Mimì | Leah Partridge
Rodolfo | Cleyton Pulzi*
Marcello | Steven LaBrie*
Musetta | Mary Dunleavy*
Colline | Christian Zaremba
Schaunard | Samuel Schultz*
Benoit/Alcindoro | Thomas Hammons
Parpignol | Juan Ahumáda

Creative Team
Conductor | Leonardo Vordoni
Director | Crystal Manich*
Scenic & Properties Designer | Peter Dean Beck
Costume Designer | Kathleen Trott*
Lighting Designer | Paul Hackenmueller*
Makeup & Hair Design | Ronell Oliveri
Assistant Conductor | Enrico Lopez-Yañez*
Assistant Director | Matt Haney*
Stage Manager | Hannah Sullivan*
Principal Accompanist | Cory Battey
*Opera Omaha Mainstage Debut

Single tickets for Opera Omaha’s 2016–17 Season are priced from $19 to $99 for all operas. Visit for further details, or call Ticket Omaha’s Box Office at (402) 345-0606. Ticket Omaha’s Box Office hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. during performance season. 

Opera Omaha performances are held at the Orpheum Theater located at 409 S. 16th Street. Downtown Omaha offers a wide variety of parking options, from pay-for-use garages and surface lots to metered parking on the street. Street parking is free after 9:00 p.m. and on Sundays and holidays. 

Garage parking is available at public garages and OPPD Energy Plaza on Howard Street between 16th and 17th Streets. For patrons parking at OPPD, exit the OPPD Energy Plaza garage through the Orpheum Skylink and walk directly into the Orpheum Theater third floor lobby.

Production sponsored by Omaha Steaks, SAC Federal Credit Union, ConAgra Foods, WOWT (media sponsor).


Opera Prelude: Opera Omaha presents pre-performance insights on Friday, Nov. 4, 6:40-7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6, 1:10-1:30 p.m. These 20-minute talks are free to ticket holders and take place in the Grand Lobby, Orpheum Theater. 

Midday Music: a free lunchtime preview on Friday, Oct. 28, 12:15 p.m. featuring Director Crystal Manich and Conductor Leonardo Vordoni will provide the audience with a quick taste of the story that Puccini's work is based upon and give some behind-the-scenes insight into Opera Omaha's production, which first premiered at Hawaii Opera Theatre in 2003. Featuring a performance by cast members of Opera Omaha's La bohème. An audience Q&A will follow this half-hour program. Midday Music is held at Opera Omaha’s rehearsal room (1850 Farnam St.).

Opera & Entrees: Enhance your La bohème experience by joining other opera goers for a pre-opening night dinner and conversation at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 5-7 p.m. A member of the creative team will provide insight into Puccini’s beloved masterpiece.

About Opera Omaha
Opera Omaha, the only professional opera company in Nebraska, began in 1958 as the Omaha Civic Opera Society, a volunteer association, and with tremendous community support became fully professional by 1970. Opera Omaha produces a season of original mainstage productions, presented at the historic Orpheum Theater, and smaller productions and musical events throughout the community. Opera Omaha is internationally known for its productions of eight world premieres and four American premieres of classical masterpieces and is highly regarded regionally for extensive education and outreach programs.