On The Main Stage

Boheme Opera NJ’s 25th Season          Bringing an Amazing Art Form to YOU!

Giuseppe Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA

Friday, March 28, 2014 – 8:00pm
Sunday, March 30, 2014 – 3:00pm

Kendall Hall Main Stage Theatre                                                                     The College of New Jersey Center for the Arts

Purchase your tickets today:
  • Online at www.tcnj.edu/boxoffice, 24-7
  • By phone at (609) 771-2775, M-F, 10am to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm
  • In person on campus at TCNJ’s Brower Student Center Box Office, same hours
  • Tickets start at only $30!
  • Groups save up to 33%!

Boheme Opera NJ comes full circle with Maestro Verdi’s legendary opera, the first fully-staged work to be mounted by the company in 1989.  Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, Boheme brings an outstanding cast, the Boheme Opera Orchestra and Chorus, professional dancers, and the return of stunning virtual sets by J. Matthew Root.

The work is the first grown-up opera about contemporary life and thus a milestone in opera history.  With the creation of La Traviata, Verdi abandoned historical subjects, in search for an operatic subject for the Carnival of Venice in 1853.  He and his librettist Francesca Maria Piave chose a play that had received rave reviews, based upon the great love of the young Alexander Dumas for a brilliant courtesan named Marie Duplessis, who sadly dies from tuberculosis in 1847. Dumas had published a novel about her, La Dame aux Camelias, deriving the popular play from it the following year. With its romantic realism aimed directly at the heart, Verdi’s La Traviata eventually became one of the top ten in Italy and after Verdi’s death, a regular in the repertoire of most international houses.

Pre-curtain talks will be presented by BONJ Artistic Director Joseph Pucciatti one hour before performances. The production will be sung in Italian, with projected English supertitles to complete the opera experience. Special needs shuttle will again be available at designated points on campus.

If you have never attended a live opera performance, this opera is a perfect beginning for you.  You will be amazed at the number of young people on stage, as well as the quality of what you witness.  Opera has changed – it no longer carries the perception of a venerable old art form.  It has the sparkle and excitement of Broadway, with all the elements of contemporary theater.