La Boheme

La Boheme October, 2012

by Giacomo Puccini

October 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th.

Puccini’s  beautiful setting of Scènes de la vie de bohème 

by Henri Murger.

A poet, a painter, a musician, a philosopher, a seamstress, and a singer.  All have dreams larger than their wallets and the rent is past due.  But for all they lack in funds, they do not starve for either their love of life or each other.


Conductor- Alexander Katsman

Alexander Katsman - Musical Director and Board Member

Marie Plette as Mimi

American soprano Marie Plette is acclaimed in the major opera houses of North America and Europe for her compelling portrayals from Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly to Love Simpson in Cold Sassy Tree and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. Her recent performances of Madama Butterfly prompted the New York Times to remark, "The opera did partake of the other great unifying factor here: a star turn, by Marie Plette in the title role." Immediately after winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1992, Marie Plette was invited to make her Metropolitan Opera debut as the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte. She has performed frequently with the company since then in roles including Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Gutrune in Götterdämmerung, and Kristina in The Makropoulos Case. Most recently, she appeared singing five roles in the Berkeley West Edge Opera production, Legend of the Ring.

Kristin Clayton as Musetta

Director- Eugene Brancoveanu

David Gustafson as Rodolfo

David Gustafson is happy to return to LVO. He is known for his robust and expressive tenor voice and has appeared in Europe, Asia, and throughout the USA. His role as Nemorino (The Elixir of Love) was featured with a photo and article in the Arts section of the New York Times. On the concert stage, Mr. Gustafson has sung in the World Premiere in Oregon and the European premiere of Robert Kyr’s Symphony No. 9 in Denmark. PBS nationally broadcast Eugene Symphony’s "Tango Lesson" where Mr. Gustafson appeared as the Tango Singer.

Eugene Brancoveanu as Marcello

Eugene Brancoveanu is a 2005-2006 San Francisco Opera Center Adler Fellow. His virile baritone voice and distinguished stage presence have elicited accolades in both North America and Europe. He won the Tony Award in 2003 for the role of Marcello in La Boheme on Broadway, and received rave reviews for his compelling performance in the San Francisco Opera’s The Little Prince. In 2007, he sang Tomsky in Pique Dame under Seiji Ozawa, and debuted at the NYC Opera as Pandolphe in Cendrillon. Brancoveanu’s 2009-2010 season included the role of Gonzalvo in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (Los Angeles Opera), and an appearance in California's prestigious San Francisco Performances concert series. Brancoveanu sang the role of Belcore in L'elisir d'amore (San Francisco Opera), and is fondly remembered as Count Almaviva in Livermore Valley Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro.