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Metropolitan Opera to Feature Puccini’s La Boheme

La Boheme pic

La Boheme
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A graduate of Hofstra University with a bachelor of arts in political science, Vicky Travlos has experience working with marketing and merchandising campaigns, having most recently executed such programs at The McGraw-Hill Companies’ Businessweek magazine. Outside of work, Vicky Travlos enjoys attending productions at New York’s Metropolitan Opera (the Met), which will show La Boheme from October 2, 2017 through March 10, 2018.

Composed by Giacomo Puccini, La Boheme is set in Paris sometime around 1830 and tells the story of young Bohemian artists as they deal with the ups and downs of love. The tale also brings to light the meaning in life’s minor details, from such objects as an overcoat to an unexpected meeting with a neighbor.

The Met’s performance will feature conductors Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato and three alternating performers in the role of Mimi: Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva. Three men will share the role of poet Rodolfo: Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas, and Michael Fabiano.

The History of Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme

La Boheme pic

La Boheme
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A former sales and merchandising associate with Businessweek Magazine and Businessweek TV, Vicky Travlos enjoys playing golf and following New Jersey Devils hockey. Ms. Travlos is also an avid opera enthusiast who frequently attends New York City’s Metropolitan Opera. Vicky Travlos’ favorite opera is La Boheme.

Giacomo Puccini encountered a number of obstacles while endeavoring to bring his most famous opera to the stage. Based on the episodic novel Scenes of Bohemian Life by Henri Murger, La Boheme covered subject matter that many considered unworthy of serious operatic treatment.

Puccini first considered the novel as source material in 1891, but by 1893, he was still uncommitted to the project. However, at the urging of his collaborator, Luigi Illica, Puccini officially began work on La Boheme’s scenario.

After learning that his rival, Ruggero Leoncavallo, had begun working on a competing La Boehme production, Puccini became even more dedicated to the project and persuaded respected poet Giuseppe Giacosa to work on the libretto’s versification despite Giacosa’s reservations about the worthiness of the subject matter.

After three years of work by La Boehme librettists, Puccini finally began composing the opera in earnest. La Boehme premiered in Turin, Italy, at the Teatro Regio on February 1, 1896.

Metropolitan Opera House to Perform Der Fliegende Holländer in 2017

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Der Fliegende Holländer
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A graduate of Hofstra University, Vicky Travlos most recently served as a merchandising associate in the customers solutions division at BusinessWeek magazine (then a property of McGraw-Hill Companies). Outside of work, Vicky Travlos enjoys attending the Metropolitan Opera House, which will feature Richard Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer in the spring of 2017.

Der Fliegende Holländer, which was first performed in 1843 at the Court Opera in Dresden, Germany, tells the story of Holländer, a ghostly sailor fated to wander the sea searching for Senta, the woman whose love will set him free. In the Metropolitan Opera House’s upcoming performance, Michael Volle will play the role of Holländer, and Amber Wagner will play Senta.
These two roles are archetypes that Wagner eventually returned to in many of his later works. Holländer represents the “otherworldly stranger,” and Senta represents the woman who sacrifices herself to save him.

The cast also also includes Ben Bliss, Franz-Josef Selig, Dolora Zajick, and Jay Hunter Morris. Der Fliegende Holländer will open at the Metropolitan Opera on April 25 and will run through May 12.