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Opera's greatest love story opens on Valentine's Day

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DH Vancouver Staff Feb 07, 2019 2:01 pm

What could be more romantic on Valentine’s Day then listening to one of the greatest love stories of all time?

Vancouver Opera’s presentation of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème is opening in the city on Thursday, February 14.

Think of it as “music to your ears” for date night, say organizers.

This new production of La Bohème is – literally – an enormous vintage picture postcard of Paris.

As the curtain rises on a modern-day flea market with an accordion duo, tourists discover art objects from the 1920s in one of the stalls.

Among the hustle and bustle of the busy market, a visitor puts on a record on a vintage gramophone and audiences are transported back in time as they hear the opening bars of a very famous opera.

“Set in the interwar years when artists and writers flocked to Paris to live the bohemian life, Café Momus is full of flamboyant jazz-era figures, including a glamorously exotic Musetta.”

While La Bohéme is sung in Italian, English SURTITLES will be projected above the stage.

The production is Canadian conductor Judith Yan’s Vancouver Opera debut, after stints at the Seattle Opera, Hong Kong Ballet and the Korean National Ballet.

La Bohème opens on Valentine’s Day at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with shows running until February 24.

There is also a special offer of $40 tickets for anyone under the age of 40.

In order to redeem the Valentine’s Day offer, use the promo code 40/40 when purchasing seats. Valid ID will also be required to collect your tickets.

La Bohème at the Vancouver Opera

When: February 14 to 24, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Beginning at $40 for those under 40 – use promo code 40/40 at online checkout.

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