Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Conducted by Joseph Mechavich
Directed by Matt Cooksey

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They’re starving for everything but love. Rodolfo loves Mimi, Marco loves Musetta, Colline loves philosophy, Schaunard loves music, and they all love their eccentric Bohemian life in the garrets of Paris’ 19th century Latin Quarter. Starving artists all, this crazy cadre of young friends bear their poverty with laughter and grace, until it devastates them with unspeakable tragedy.  With beloved favorites like “Che gelida manina,” “Quando m’en vo, ”and “Donde lieta uscire,” Puccini’s divinely romantic score memorably illustrates the joys, struggles, loves, quarrels, triumphs, and tragedies of six  friends and lovers as they embody the true vie de bohème.

Sung in Italian with projected translations in English and Spanish.

Running time: Two hours and 43 minutes, including two intermissions.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House

Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 pm
Tuesday, April 9 at 8:00 pm

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Au-Rene Theater

Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm

Davide Giusti

Davide Giusti


“His sound was glorious. The final bow was reserved for him and deservedly so.”

Seen and Heard International
Rebecca Krynski-Cox

Rebecca Krynski-Cox


“A vibrant soprano with a secure, appealing sound and eye-opening volume.”

The New York Times
Craig Verm

Craig Verm


“One of the finest, most mellifluous baritones of his generation.

Opera Today


Rodolfo — Davide Giusti*

Mimì — Rebecca Krynski-Cox

Marcello — Craig Verm*

Musetta — Sara Kennedy+ (Apr 6, May 2, 4)

Musetta — Taylor-Alexis DuPont+ (Apr 7, 9)

Colline — Keith Klein+

Schaunard — Joseph Canuto Leon+

Benoit/Alcindoro — Neil Nelson


* Florida Grand Opera debut

+ Florida Grand Opera Studio Artist

Joseph Mechavich

Joseph Mechavich

Matt Cooksey

Matt Cooksey


Creative Team

Conductor — Joseph Mechavich

Assistant Conductor — Matthew Cooperman

Chorus Master — Jared Peroune

Florida’s Singing Sons Chorus Master — Daniel Bates

Director — Matt Cooksey

Production — Sarasota Opera

Scenic Designer — David P. Gordon

Costume Designer — Howard Tsvi Kaplan

Lighting Designer — Barry Steele

Wig and Makeup Designer — Sue Sittko Schaefer

English Titles — Karl Hesser

Spanish Titles — Dreambay Enterprises