Everyone’s favorite opera is La bohème, but what music might those bohemian lovers have heard in their Paris of the 1840s? And what music was being heard in Paris when Puccini was writing his beloved opera in the 1890s? The artists of Piedmont Opera will perform the answers to these questions singing beautiful songs and powerful arias from Bohemian Paris. Our concert will include music from Rossini’s Salon, and well as songs by Debussy, Bizet and many others.
“You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle…” -Allen Ginsberg
Opera – What’s all the shouting about? La Bohème: From Page to Stage…Twice!
Wednesdays 10 am – noon
9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, (no class 10/24 – class attends performance on this date), 10/31
This year, we will be taking a deep dive into one of opera’s most beloved titles – La bohème. In this class we will explore both Bohemian Paris and the music Puccini would have heard as he wrote his masterpiece. How did this iconic title get its start, why did Puccini decide to set it to music and how did it cost him a great friendship? We’ll discover this and more as we enter the café to sample La bohème. Included is a ticket to attend Piedmont Opera’s student night performance conducted by your teacher! Click here to register.
James Allbritten is the General Director and Principal Conductor at Piedmont Opera, where he has served for 13 years. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Allbritten began his operatic career with Kentucky Opera. An accomplished tenor, he studied voice with legendary singers Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Giorgio Tozzi, and Margaret Harshaw. As Artistic Director of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Allbritten led numerous performances including Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, and Puccini’s La Rondine.
Swingers and Singers!
Get fired up for Parkway Ford Lincoln’s Black Label presents the 7th Annual Piedmont Opera Open fundraising Golf Tournament! Get your team together for a great day of golfing with Piedmont Opera at Bermuda Run West.
Lunch and registration at 11:00 am; Golf begins at 12:30 pm
Call Connie Quinn at 336.725.7101 for more information.
Join Piedmont Opera at SECCA for an informative luncheon catered by Jeffrey Adams before the Met Live in HD broadcast of Aida on October 6th. Our speaker will be David Stewart, Associate Director, Carpenter Medical Library, Wake Forest School of Medicine Click here for tickets.
In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Later in the season, a second star-studded cast takes over, with Sondra Radvanovsky and Dolora Zajick as the leading ladies.Tenors Aleksandrs Antonenko and Yonghoon Lee alternate as Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti and Plácido Domingo take the podium for the Met’s monumental production. Click here for more information.
Estimated Run Time: 3 hrs 36 mins
Tickets for this event will go on sale in September.
Bonjour! Join Spring House’s Chef Tim Grandinetti when he takes you and your palate on a Tour de France. Enjoy authentic French desserts paired with wines from different regions of France.
Les Fromage – The Chef’s Selection of Cheeses
Tarte au Citron with Creme Chantilly
Macaroons with Vanilla Custard & Caramel Raspberries
The Darkest Chocolate Mousse
Petite Creme Brulee
Les Plats de Resistance- Gateau au Chocolate Le Spring House
Les Vins will include Sancerre, Pouilly Fuisse, Cote du Rhone, Burgundy et Bordeaux
Piedmont Opera and Foothill’s are excited to announce a new partnership called La Lunch: The Dish on Opera. Our luncheon series will be held at Foothill’s new cafe Footnote Cafe. We are excited to welcome our new neighbor. Lunch will be a plated meal with a salad, chicken entree and side, plus a beverage and dessert. A vegetarian option is available.
Join James Allbritten and several of the principal cast members for a fun and educational introduction to Puccini’s La boheme. Click here for tickets.
Join us at a/perture for Moulin Rouge!, based on Puccini’s La Boheme. At the 74th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Nicole Kidman, winning two: for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. It was the first musical nominated for Best Picture in 10 years, following Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991). In BBC‘s 2016 poll of the greatest films since 2000, Moulin Rouge! ranked 53rd