Tonight, the Tobin Center will be transformed into scenes from the Latin quarter of Paris. As the story unfolds, theatregoers learn of life, love, and death during the Bohemian times.
Pageantry, celebration, loss, angst, exuberation, amore—some of the words to describe the scenes of La Boheme. Opera San Antonio closes the fourth season with two performances of the world’s most loved Opera.
The first performance begins at 7:30pm tonight and the final performance will be Saturday, May 19 at 7:30pm.
The professional musicians of the San Antonio Symphony provide the music. Members of Opera San Antonio and other local aspiring actors provide the chorus. Principal actors from across the United States descended upon San Antonio recently to participate in the rehearsal process and will entertain the audiences each night of the performance.
One of the principal actresses, soprano Jessica Jones, plays Musetta. Jones travels the country performing opera in America’s leading companies. She started singing early in her youth but did not become serious about performing until she was a sophomore in high school.
Jones enjoys the opera because it is the “works”. Artists are allowed to dance, sing, exhibit emotions on the stage in front of the audience. Jones reminds audience members performers sing without the aid of a microphone. “The artists create sound, emotion, and feelings using the human voice,” added Jones.
Jones grew up with music and loves having the opportunity to perform on stage. She currently travels from coast to coast living in an RV with her two dogs and husband so they can be together as a family and she can share her craft with opera audiences across the country.
Over 72 professional musicians from the San Antonio Symphony serve as the musicians for the performance. The symphony is under the leadership of Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing. “I feel blessed to be in San Antonio we have lots of young musicians who spend over 8 hours a day with their instrument to perfect their craft and have the skills to perform complex music,” said Lang-Lessing. “I hope more in our community will venture to the Tobin Center to support our symphony. We enjoy performing and we do have graduates from UIW and Trinity that make SA Symphony home.”
Kristin Burnam, a chorus member, enjoys two worlds. This month at night she has attended rehearsals for her moment on stage in the opera. By day—she is an Elementary Music teacher at a local school. “I love to teach and I love to perform—Opera San Antonio provides me the opportunity to continue to perform and the elementary school allows me to work with young kids.”
For those unfamiliar with the opera La Boheme—America produced an “American version” of the classic story—Rent. Having seen Rent, I noticed the similarities in the production. So for those hesitant to attend a story where the lyrics will be performed in Italian—do not worry. As you watch the story on stage the actions and actors will be familiar. For those who have not seen Rent, the cast performs the story beautifully with expression and artistry that tells the story without the need for words. You can also cheat and follow along with the English subtitles provided for the evening. (I guarantee as the music begins and the actors descend upon the stage, you will become enthralled with action on the stage and subtitles will not be necessary.)
Opera San Antonio offers a Crescendo Package. This is an added treat to the opera experience. The Crescendo package offers reserved seats for the pre-show lecture from 6:30pm- 7pm and an invitation to the Café Momus After Party with the cast from 10:30pm- 12:30am on Saturday, May 19 following the Saturday performance.
Tickets are on sale now for the performance by logging onto the Opera San Antonio website at operasa.org.
Parking for the event is available in the parking garage and parking lots near the Tobin Center. Your ticket purchase supports the Fine Arts of San Antonio. For the price of a ticket, you learn of history, you feel emotion, you explore love, you leave entertained and enriched.
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