New production directed by Tomer Zvulun and designed by Erhard Rom and Robert Wierzel opens to rave reviews in Seattle opera.

La Boheme

Seattle-Atlanta-Dallas 2013

Creative Team:

Carlo Montanaro (conductor)
Tomer Zvulun (director)
Erhard Rom (set designer)
Martin Pakledinaz(costume designer)
Robert Wierzel (lighting designer)
Joyce Degenfelder (hair and makeup)
Beth Kirchhoff (chorusmaster)


Francesco Demuro/ Michael Fabiano

Elizabeth Caballero/ Jennifer Black

Michael Todd Simpson/ Keith Phares

Norah Amsellem/ Jennifer Zetlan

Arthur Woodley

Andrew Garland

Tony Dillon

Photos by Rob Reynolds


At Seattle Opera, a must-see ‘La Bohème’ from The Seattle Times

February 25, 2013

“La Bohème” is one of the major triumphs in Speight Jenkins’ three-decade tenure as general director of Seattle Opera. it is rich in fine acting and singing, perceptive directing and zestful orchestration, writes reviewer Bernard Jacobson.

The production opened on Saturday, directed by Tomer Zvulun and conducted by Carlo Montanaro with flair and perceptivity in equal measure, persuaded me that the work is not merely immensely popular but a much greater opera than I have previously thought.
From the dramatic point of view, Zvulun’s deployment of his two casts threw new light on the humanity of the piece.

Seattle Opera’s ‘La Boheme’ Has It All from Oregon Music News

February 25, 2013

This unforced and guileless interpretation of one of opera's most beloved classics gave, for want of a better phrase, everything one could want from this opera. ... The sets were presented with such attention to detail, and the subtlety and thoughtfulness that went into lighting techniques were such that they almost seemed a character of their own.  Director Tomer Zvulun's rendering of Puccini's poignant masterpiece, as well as the exquisite work done by Carlo Montanaro and the orchestra, are a reminder of how fresh and invigorating this work can still be.

Seattle Opera puts on lovely, heartbreaking "La Boheme" from The Herald

February 25, 2013

Seattle Opera Puts On Lovely, Heartbreaking La Bohème
Suited for new audiences, The second act brings late 19th-century Paris to life in a street scene that includes a juggler, a parade, and a terrific chorus. Act three's 25-minute showfall makes us wish, along with Mimì, that winter would never end. ... The cast, along with conductor Carlo Montanaro and stage director Tomer Zvulun, were received in one of the most rousing ovations I've seen.