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Opera Southwest closes season with 'La Boheme'

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Albuquerque’s Opera Southwest closes its 42nd Season with four performances of Giacomo Puccini’s “La bohème,” which run from this Sunday through March 29 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St., SW.
Bohème musically intertwines the youthful gaiety of the 19th Century Parisian Latin Quarter with the despair of poverty, cold and death and the passion and eloquence of young love.
Leading the cast in her OSW debut will be soprano Emily Dorn, whose credits include the roles of both Carmen and Micaёla in “Carmen,” Violetta in “La traviata,” and Fiordiligi in “Cosi fan tutte” at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland, and the Dresden Semperoper, Germany.
Additional cast members include Sarah Asmar, who sang Desdemona in 2012’s “Otello,” as Musetta; her real-life husband Joshua Kohl, Pinkerton in the 2013 “Madama Butterfly,” as Rodolfo; baritone Timothy Mix, our 2013 Don Giovanni, as Marcello; former apprentice artist Joseph Hubbard as Colline; and local favorites Paul Bower as Schaunard, Joseph Cordova as Parpignol and Sam Shepperson in the double role of Alcindoro and Benoit.
Maestro Anthony Barrese will conduct, with Maestro Domenico Boyagian conducting on March 25. David Bartholomew will direct.
Scenic Design is by Lois Rhomberg and costumes will be by Anna Constantz and Susan Mernmott-Allred. Louise Loomis will make her OSW debut directing members of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program Preparatory Choir in the Act II Christmas street scene.
The March 22 and 29 performances are 2 p.m. and weekday performances Wednesday and Friday are 7:30 p.m.
Tickets range from $12-$82 at operasouthwest.org or NHCC, 505-724-4771.
The opera will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.