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Backstage with Bruno at 'La Boheme'

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Backstage with Bruno at 'La Boheme'

la bohem is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide. the puccini classic was first performed on februaru 1st, 1896 and it made it's u.s. premiere the following year in los angeles. the series of vignettes portraying young behemians living in the latin quarter of paris in the 1840's hits the stage in madison this weekend. our michael bruno goes backstage of uw opera's production of "la boheme." jose muniz: so it starts in the wintertime and you're introduced to the four characters rodolfo, schaunard, marcello and colline. colline the philosopher marcello's the artist myself rodolfo's the poet. david ronisi: in paris in the 20s there was this amazing group of artistic talent in one place and one time in history we know about the american expats we know about hemingway and faulkner and gertrude stein. and there was also picasso and matisse and delhi. and this artistic energy that existed there we felt. complemented the story because this is a group of it's a story about a group of artists doing their thing. james held: to sort of a merry band of artists who are trying to make life work and they're the true bohemians starving artists of their day. jose muniz: and essentially i'm working broke and i'm going with a bunch of buddies. there's a homemade scenario and we use all the money. every time we go out and so let's say other characters like schaunard or marcelo have money. we all use it together and we spend it. james held: pucinni's music is just some of the most beautiful in the world. it's it's timeless. the story itself is timeless that's why i was able to be updated to a modern story in the telling of rent. we are singing it in italian yes and there will be english titles above the stage so that's anybody who doesn't speak italian can still understand. yes we actually. so we have to sing in italian french german english of course. sometimes russians sometimes czech sometimes spanish you know we and we take classes in how to pronounce these languages and how to sing them and how and how to translate them so that we know what we're saying in english obviously the story wouldn't come across very well if we didn't know what we were saying. so that's also very important. david ronisi: this gorgeous set was designed by joseph barga who is an emeritus professor of set design from the department of theater and drama uw madison. joe varga is a national treasure as far as i'm concerned there are certainly a wisconsin treasurer because he is a wonderful collaborator and he was very much interested in doing this project with the univeristy opera. this is a big a big thing for us and it's a it's a big set and it's it's very exciting for us in many ways. university opera's la boheme is tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 and on sunday at 3. shannon hall at the memorial union go to music dot wisc dot edu




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