Opera & Musical Theater

Opera Cheat Sheet: Patrick Summers On La bohème

A new season of Met Opera broadcasts begins December 5th with Puccini’s romantic tour-de-force.

Patrick Summers conducts the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra in La traviata, 2012
Patrick Summers conducts the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra in La traviata, 2012

The Metropolitan Opera begins it's 2015-16 season of international broadcasts Saturday, December 5th at noon on Classical 91.7 with the most-performed opera in Met history, Giacomo Puccini's beloved La bohème.

Conducted by Paolo Carignani, the performance stars Barbara Frittoli and Ramón Vargas as the lovers Mimì and Rodolfo, and Houston soprano Ana María Martínez as the spitfire Musetta. Hungarian baritone Levente Molnár makes his network broadcast debut as the painter Marcello, with Alexey Lavrov as Schaunard, Christian Van Horn as Colline, and John Del Carlo as Benoit and Alcindoro.

In this new Opera Cheat Sheet, Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn talks to conductor Patrick Summers, Houston Grand Opera's artistic and music director, about Puccini's most famous opera.

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