Curtain Call! See Puccini’s La Boheme
LIVE AT THE SARASOTA OPERA
Saturday, February 29 | $360 per person (Half-Day Excursion)
Spaces for the excursion are filled. Call the Friends office at (941) 964-0827 to be placed on a wait list.
Enjoy an afternoon at the prestigious Sarasota Opera Company. In the opera house, as the lights go down, the outside world fades. From the center orchestra seats you are transported to 1830s’ Paris, where love flourishes, withers and dies in this melodious and heart-wrenching favorite, La Boheme. Puccini’s most beloved opera will have you relive Mimì and Rodolfo’s first encounter, walk through Paris’ Latin Quarter with the two lovers, and dine at Cafè Momus on Christmas Eve. You’ll laugh at the four friends’ jokes and pranks, and feel the poet’s broken heart as he realizes his lover is fatally ill. Accompanying you on this operatic journey is Maestro Peter Leonard.Born in Boston, Peter Leonard has lived and worked extensively in Germany, holding positions as music director and intendant (general director). Recent guest conducting appearances have included a new production of Aida with the Belgrade National Theatre, Eugene Onegin at Chautauqua Opera, and concerts at Berlin’s Classic Open Air festival on the Gendarmenmarkt.
Following the matinee, Maestro Leonard will lead an engaging discussion over dinner at the exquisite Bijou Café.
Located in the Theatre and Arts District of downtown Sarasota, the Bijou Café has been a treasured staple of the Sarasota restaurant scene since opening in 1986. The menu is inspired by the French and South African heritage of owner Jean-Pierre Knaggs and elevated by Chef Ryan Williams’ inventive passion for using local ingredients and sustainable seafood.