Past Seasons

 

2009/2010 Season

 

La Bohème  

by Giacomo Puccini
Saturday, June 5, 2010; 4:30PM; Symphony Space, NYC
Saturday, June 12, 2010; 8:30PM; Symphony Space, NYC

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Act I

 

Paris on Christmas Eve.  Two Bohemians, Marcello, a painter, and Rodolfo, a poet, are attempting to keep warm in their freezing apartment.  Marcello suggests burning a chair, but Rodolfo prefers to burn pages from his latest drama.  Each page blazes, giving a sudden bit of warmth, but soon fades, leaving them cold again.   Their roommate, Colline, enters and another roommate, Schaunard, quickly follows, bringing firewood, some food and wine.  Benoit, their landlord, enters, demanding the rent, which is overdue.  The roommates welcome him and shower him with wine and flattery.  When Benoit boasts of marital indiscretions, the roommates realize this is the perfect opportunity to get rid of him. They pretend to be shocked by his remarks and throw him out.  They depart to Café Momus. 

 

Rodolfo stays behind to finish some work, but agrees to join them later.  There is a knock at the door.  It is Mimi, their neighbor.  Her candle has gone out and she asks Rodolfo to relight it.  Mimi, very ill, nearly faints and in the process, drops her key.  The two begin searching in the darkness.  Rodolfo finds it and slips it into his pocket.  He pretends to continue to look, hoping she will stay longer.  The roommates call out, urging Rodolfo to hurry along.  Mimi and Rodolfo leave together for Café Momus. 

 

Act II

 

Café Momus.  As Rodolfo and Mimi make their way to the café, Rodolfo buys her a bonnet.  Mimi is delighted.  Musetta makes a spectacular entrance along with her latest patron, Alcindoro.  She sees Marcello, her ex-lover.  Attempting to make him jealous, she creates a big scene, doing anything to get his attention.  Marcello deliberately ignores her, and she is infuriated.  However, he is no match for her, and Marcello eventually succumbs to her charms.  Musetta must get rid of Alcindoro, if she is going to be with Marcello.  She pretends her shoe is too tight and needs him to leave immediately to buy her another pair.  As Alcindoro leaves, Musetta falls into Marcello’s arms. 

 

Act III

 

A snowy afternoon in February outside of a tavern.   Mimi enters asking for Marcello.  It is obvious by her violent coughing that she is very sick.  She pours out her heart to Marcello saying that Rodolfo and she have separated because of his intense jealousy.  When Mimi sees Rodolfo coming, she hides, trying not to be noticed.  She overhears Rodolfo saying to Marcello that he is going to leave her because she is a flirt.  When Marcello presses Rodolfo for the real reason, he tells Marcello that he is heartbroken.  He knows that she is dying and he has no way to provide for her.  If he pushes her away, she may be able to find a rich patron who can help her.  Musetta’s laugh can be heard from inside the tavern.  Marcello, filled with jealousy, rushes into the tavern.  While Musetta and Marcello are sparring, Mimi and Rodolfo are singing of their love for each other.  They decide to stay together until spring.

 

Act IV

 

The Bohemians’ Apartment.  Marcello and Rodolfo are attempting to work but are distracted by thoughts of Mimi and Musetta.  Colline and Schaunard enter and begin to joke and to horseplay.  Musetta suddenly interrupts them with the news that Mimi is dying and has asked that her last moments be with Rodolfo.  They rush down the stairs to help her into the apartment. Knowing the seriousness of Mimi’s condition, Musetta gives Marcello her earrings to sell and asks him to buy medicine and to call a doctor.  She then decides to leave with him in order to buy Mimi a muff for her cold hands.  Colline, sings of his overcoat, which he plans to pawn to help Mimi.  Mimi and Rodolfo are left alone.  They reminisce on happier times, recalling the night they met.  As Mimi sleeps, the others return.  Mimi asks for Musetta and Musetta hands her the muff she just bought for her.  Stricken with grief, Musetta prays for Mimi to live.  Mimi quietly passes before the doctor can arrive.  As the friends realize Mimi is gone, they look to Rodolfo who is still unaware.  When he realizes what has happened, he cries out Mimi’s name in anguish, weeping helplessly. 

 

Carmen

by Georges Bizet
Saturday, May 1, 2010; 8:30PM; Symphony Space, NYC
Saturday, May 8, 2010; 8:30PM; Symphony Space, NYC

Saturday, June 5, 2010; 8:30PM; Symphony Space, NYC

Saturday, June 12, 2010; 4:30PM; Symphony Space, NYC

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Act I

Outside in a busy square in Seville in the 19th century.  Micaëla , a peasant girl, enters, looking for Corporal Don José.  Sergeant Moralès tries to persuade her to stay, explaining that Don José will be returning soon, but she rushes off.  As Don José enters, Moralès gives him the message that Micaëla was looking for him.  Don José explains to Lieutenant Zuniga that Micaëla is a 17 year old orphan who has been brought up by his widowed mother. 

 

A factory bell is heard, and a group of gypsies, working at the cigarette factory, emerge.  Carmen enters.  All of the men are transfixed upon her, but Don José pays no attention.  Before leaving, Carmen throws a flower at him, and then returns to work.  As Micaëla enters, Don José quickly picks up the flower and hides it from her.  Micaëla brings a letter from his mother along with some money.  In the letter, his mother urges him to marry Micaëla.  Suddenly, a fight breaks out in the factory between Carmen and another girl.  Lieutenant Zuniga orders Don José to arrest Carmen.  Bewitched by her, Don José agrees that he will let her escape and later secretly meet her at Lillas Pastias Inn.  After releasing her, Don José is arrested.

 

Act II

 

Lillas Pastias Inn.  Carmen is visiting with her friends Frasquita and Mercédès.  Zuniga is there.  He mentions that Don José has been released.  As Escamillo, a bullfighter, enters the inn, his fans celebrate his recent victories.  Both Zuniga and Escamillo are smitten by Carmen.  Zuniga tells Carmen he must leave but he will return shortly.  Remendado and Dancaïro, two smugglers, are also at the inn.  They try to persuade Carmen, Frasquita and Mercédès to smuggle some contraband, but Carmen is in love and she decides to wait for Don José.  When he arrives, Carmen is very happy and begins to dance for him.  In the distance, the bugle call can be heard signaling him to return him to his barracks.  He begins to leave, but Carmen mocks him.  She tries to persuade him to live the free life of a gypsy.  Zuniga returns to the inn looking for Carmen.  Overcome with jealousy, he defies his duty.  The smugglers escort Zuniga from the inn.  Don José has no choice but to stay with the gypsies. 

 

Act III

 

The smuggler’s hideout hidden in the mountainside.  Carmen is growing tired of Don José.  She urges him to go home, but he refuses.  Frasquita and Mercédès begin reading each other’s fortunes with a deck of cards. Carmen takes her turn with the cards but to her horror, her fortune keeps showing that she will die and so will Don José.  The gypsies leave in order to smuggle the contraband while Don José stays behind to guard the camp.  Micaëla arrives at the mountain in search of Don José.  Escamillo arrives at the camp looking for Carmen.  He and Don José begin to fight.   The gypsies return and break up the fight.  Escamillo invites the gypsies (Carmen in particular) to his upcoming bullfight in Seville.  In the darkness, Don José sees Micaëla.  She convinces him to return home.  After hearing that his mother is dying, he leaves, despite his intense jealousy.  Don José warns Carmen that they will meet again.

 

Act IV 

 

The Arena where a bullfight is taking place.   Arriving with Escamillo, Carmen is warned by Frasquita and Mercédès that Don José is there.   She waits to speak with him.  When he appears, Carmen tells him there is nothing left between them and that she no longer loves him.  He refuses to believe this.  He tells her that he still loves her; that he adores her.  As she begins to walk away, he begs her not to leave him, but to no avail.  The cheers at the bullfight can be heard in the background.  She tells him that she is in love with Escamillo.  You can hear the cheers of victory for Escamillo in the distance.  Walking toward the arena, she throws his ring at him.   In his jealous rage, he stabs her to death. As the crowd leaves the arena, they are shocked by what has occurred.  Don José surrenders repeating, “My Carmen, my beloved Carmen!”  

 

 

Past Performances

 

Manon
by Jules Massenet

Saturday, November 7, 2009; 8:30PM; OPENING NIGHT; Carnegie's Weill Hall
Friday, November 13, 2009; Symphony Space, NYC



Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute)

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Saturday, January 16, 2010; 8:30PM, Symphony Space, NYC

Saturday, January 23, 2010; 8:30PM; Symphony Space, NYC
Saturday, January 30, 2010; 8:30PM; Symphony Space, NYC


 

 

Rigoletto

by Giuseppe Verdi
Saturday, February 27, 2010; 8:30PM; Symphony Space, NYC
Saturday, March 6, 2010; 8:30PM; Carnegie's Weill Hall

 

 

 

 

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