Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème” is an opera about the young and aimed at the young of heart.
Which was what was so refreshing Thursday night in Opera San Antonio’s production of the Puccini masterpiece. Its cast was young, talented and ambitious, just like their characters. Backed by the luminous, expressive music from the San Antonio Symphony in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ pit, this “La Bohème” presented an emotionally stirring experience for the audience of more than 1,100 people.
One of the most performed operas ever, “La Bohème” often has employed aging opera superstars in their prime, such as Luciano Pavarotti. But by casting younger singers in the lead roles who can look forward to their own prime, this production unfolded the dramatic intentions of Puccini with naturalness and honesty.