La bohème

Giacomo Puccini

Sponsored by the Mosher Foundation and the Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation

 

  • “Hard times are still upon us, but by some minor miracle, Santa Barbara has experienced repeated highs in one of the most expensive cultural propositions: grand opera. That thankful trend continued with Opera Santa Barbara’s “La Bohème,” a sturdy take on the Puccini chestnut. This “Bohème” fared so persuasively because it understood that the opera is grand opera on a human scale. In the pit, conductor Dean Williamson led a game and reliable orchestral force, and the singing talent delivered their goods with admirable power and confident, supple voice. What better way to cap off such a stellar opera year?” 
    – Josef Woodard / SB News–Press
    • “The staging by Brad Dalton was impressive, integrating the tricky balance between boisterous joie de vivre and romantic loss. The costumes were sumptuous; the atmospheric sets captured the winterized landscape of a bygone Paris, and one could almost feel the presence of Van Gogh walking the streets and the world of lit cafes and dark alleyways. Baritone Malcolm MacKenzie fully embodied the painter Marcello with a rich vocal interpretation. Rebecca Davis delighted as Mimi, providing a delicate performance of vocal power.”
      – Robert F Adams / Casa Magazine
    • “Opera Santa Barbara’s sumptuous, polished and lyrical production of Puccini’s La Bohème, that paean to youth and lost love, showed how far OSB has come as a company. As star-crossed lovers Mimi and Rodolfo, Rebecca Davis and Christopher Bengochea were passionate and poignant, and Jan Cornelius loaned her silvery soprano to that eternal minx Musetta. This Bohème was a resounding start to OSB’s season.”
      – Margo Kline / Noozhawk
    • “The curtain opened on a beautiful set and the boisterous camaraderie of the garret crew. The story’s consumptive heroine Mimì is wonderfully sung and acted with intense vulnerability by Rebecca Davis. Act Two belongs to the charismatic and mischievous Musetta, played and sung with charm and abandon by Jan Cornelius. She so completely dominates the bustling Café Momus sequence, alternately appalling and delighting the audience with her pranks, that it felt as though they would be as willing as the characters onstage to carry her off in a grand procession.”
      – Charles Donelan / SB Independent

 

  • “Puccini never fails to please, so it was absolutely no surprise that OSB’s production of ”La bohème” was a sell out. This is the third time the company has done the opera and it has clearly improved with age. Conductor Dean Williamson did wonders in the pit, while Harvard grad Brad Dalton, directing his first “Bohème”, captured the four-act work wonderfully. Rebecca Davis captured the part of the tragic heroine, Mimi, to perfection. It was a production not to be missed.”
    – Richard Mineards / Montecito Miscellany

Direction

Dean Williamson

Dean Williamson

Brad Dalton

Brad Dalton

 

Director / Rigoletto

November 2014

 

Director / La bohème

November 2011 (debut)

Erhard Rom

Erhard Rom

Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein

 

Lighting Designer / Tosca

November 2013

 

Lighting Designer /
Don Pasquale

April 2013

 

Lighting Designer /
La Serva Padrona
& Trouble in Tahiti

April 2011 (debut)

Heather Sterling

Heather Sterling

Heather Sterling is an accomplished makeup artist and hair stylist with a wide range of experience that includes work in theater, film, print, and fashion. She is a licensed cosmetologist and has a degree in fine art with an emphasis in psychology. Armed with an extensive knowledge of period makeup and hairstyles, Heather first designed for Opera Santa Barbara in 2006 for the company's performances of Tosca; since then her work has been seen in nearly forty OSB productions. She regularly designs for the Music Academy of the West's summer operas and she recently designed for the Granada Theatre's A Christmas Carol.

 

Hair & Makeup Designer / Tosca

February 2006 (debut)

Artists

Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis

Christopher Bengochea

Christopher Bengochea

 

Mario Cavaradossi / Tosca

November 2013

 

Rodolfo / La bohème

November 2011 (debut)

Malcolm MacKenzie

Malcolm MacKenzie

Jan Cornelius

Jan Cornelius

Gabriel Vamvulescu

Gabriel Vamvulescu

 

The Sacristan / Tosca

November 2013

 

Colline / La bohème

November 2011

 

Doctor Grenvil / La traviata

March 2011 (debut)

 

Studio Artist

2011

Steven LaBrie

Steven LaBrie

Jesse Merlin

Jesse Merlin

Ernest Alvarez

Ernest Alvarez

The Santa Barbara Children's Chorus

The Santa Barbara Children's Chorus

Location

Cast & Credits

Direction
Conductor:

Dean Williamson

Stage Director:

Brad Dalton

 

Director / Rigoletto

November 2014

 

Director / La bohème

November 2011 (debut)

Scenic Design:

Erhard Rom

Lighting Design:

Josh Epstein

 

Lighting Designer / Tosca

November 2013

 

Lighting Designer /
Don Pasquale

April 2013

 

Lighting Designer /
La Serva Padrona
& Trouble in Tahiti

April 2011 (debut)

Wig|Makeup Design:

Heather Sterling

Heather Sterling is an accomplished makeup artist and hair stylist with a wide range of experience that includes work in theater, film, print, and fashion. She is a licensed cosmetologist and has a degree in fine art with an emphasis in psychology. Armed with an extensive knowledge of period makeup and hairstyles, Heather first designed for Opera Santa Barbara in 2006 for the company's performances of Tosca; since then her work has been seen in nearly forty OSB productions. She regularly designs for the Music Academy of the West's summer operas and she recently designed for the Granada Theatre's A Christmas Carol.

 

Hair & Makeup Designer / Tosca

February 2006 (debut)

Artists
Mimì:

Rebecca Davis

Rodolfo:

Christopher Bengochea

 

Mario Cavaradossi / Tosca

November 2013

 

Rodolfo / La bohème

November 2011 (debut)

Marcello:

Malcolm MacKenzie

Musetta:

Jan Cornelius

Colline:

Gabriel Vamvulescu

 

The Sacristan / Tosca

November 2013

 

Colline / La bohème

November 2011

 

Doctor Grenvil / La traviata

March 2011 (debut)

 

Studio Artist

2011

Schaunard:

Steven LaBrie

Benoît/Alcindoro:

Jesse Merlin

Parpignol:

Ernest Alvarez

With:

The Santa Barbara Children's Chorus

La bohème, November 2011, Photo by David Bazemore