28. December 2012 · Comments Off on The Bohemians · Categories: Opera, Videos

Yes, I’m interested in this, thus the posting even while I’m busy with other “stuff”:

Mimì and Rodolfo face many adversities in La Bohème – a drafty garret, a creepy landlord, tuberculosis. But all are mere annoyances compared to the L train at rush hour.

Puccini’s opera is the subject of “The Bohemians” a film adaptation scheduled for 2013 that updates the story from 1830’s Paris to contemporary Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Now in post-production, it was shot over the past year in the streets, shops and nightclubs of the gritty-yet-fashionable neighborhood. Mimì is an artist and part-time bartender who falls in love with Rodolfo, a struggling writer. Fellow bohemians include Schaunard, a DJ, and Marcello, a photographer.

The film’s well-connected production crew includes Alvaro Domingo, a filmmaker and son of Plácido Domingo. The director is José Luis R. Cortes, whose credits include a documentary on the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Several cast members were classmates at the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard and other conservatories.

Boheme is one of the few operas I feel can be set in our time and actually work. I’m hopeful!