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September 9, 2009
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 Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 at 2 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 9, 2009The Virginia Opera performs Puccini’s bittersweet romantic tragedy “La Bohème,” the first production of its 2009-10 season, at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

“La Bohème” is a tale of young love struggling to survive and overcome illness, and is among the most popular works in operatic literature. Set in Paris’ Latin Quarter at Christmastime, this melodic masterpiece tells the tale of starving young artists living lives of quiet desperation tempered by love, a lust for life, friendship and good humor. Enjoy a festive party at Café Momus as friends laugh and new love glistens. Poet Rodolfo and beautiful seamstress Mimi briefly find love, but Mimi’s languishing health and their abject poverty threatens their happiness. This beloved opera tells a tale of poignant love, heartbreaking tragedy and the uplifting spirit, and is illuminated by Puccini’s dramatic score full of noteworthy arias that will bring audiences to their feet.

Russian-born soprano Veronica Mitina, who last appeared with the Virginia Opera as Tatiana in “Eugene Onegin,” takes on the role of young seamstress, Mimi, while tenor Derek Taylor plays her lover, the poet Rodolfo, making his Virginia Opera debut this season. Julia Pevzner returns to Virginia Opera after directing “Eugene Onegin” to take the director’s chair again. Peter Mark conducts, making this his 35th season as artistic director and conductor with Virginia Opera.

The Richmond Symphony accompanies the production, which is sung in Italian with Digitext Supertitles projected above the stage. Virginia Opera may also be found on the web at and

Tickets for the VIRGINIA OPERA’S “LA BOHÈME” are $86, $72, $44 (Friday) and $98, $80, $48 (Sunday). Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.