An Auspicious Beginning
The first performance of a brand new opera company
marked by MARIA NOCKIN
What could be more exciting than the first performance of a brand new opera company? The thrill of seeing and hearing the culmination of more than a year of work on the formation of the Phoenix Metropolitan Opera was apparent at the company's performance of Puccini's La bohème on Friday 21 December 2007. It was a mere three days before Christmas Eve, the setting of the opera's second act, and everyone in Phoenix was in a holiday mood. City streets were hung with garlands and the audience was dressed in festive apparel.
Schaunard (Daniel Okulitch) and Marcello (Jeffery Buchman) laugh at their drunken landlord, Benoit (Jeffery Stevens). Photo © 2007 Victor Massaro
Copyright © 1 January 2008
Maria Nockin, Arizona USA