Tulane University Presents Free Live Broadcast of Washington National Opera's La Boheme

September 12, 2007

Keith Brannon
Phone: 504-862-8789

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 10, 2007— Tulane University is showing a free, live broadcast of Washington National Opera’s edgy new production of Puccini’s La Bohème on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.

Tulane is one of 32 schools across the country presenting the live simulcast from the Opera House stage at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. This event is anticipated to be the largest ever simultaneous viewing of an opera in the world, with more than 45,000 expected viewers.

“I think this a great opportunity for the Tulane community to experience world-class opera right here on campus,” said Carolyn Barber-Pierre, assistant vice president for student affairs.

Students and members of the public are invited to attend the show, which will be presented at McAlister Auditorium on the university’s uptown campus. Theater doors open at noon, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis for the 1,700-seat auditorium.

“What a wonderful way to draw younger audiences to opera with this innovative new production of La Bohème from Polish director Mariusz Treliński!” said Plácido Domingo, general director of the Washington National Opera. “We are so happy to present this simulcast free not only to our school partners across the country, but also to anyone in the Washington, D.C. region who wants a taste of top quality opera – for free – at the Washington Monument on the National Mall.”

Trelinski’s La Bohème, from Teatr Wielki National Opera Warsaw, is a fitting modern-day take on the timeless opera.  Set in the present day, Rodolfo is a photographer and part of a contemporary group of artists searching for their identity and longing for a deeper and more profound connection with society.  The opera is a human drama of loss and love, as the characters struggle with their careers and to truly connect with each other in a world that is increasingly connected technologically. As such, the opera’s theme will resonate with younger audiences.  

Simulcast will take place September 23, 2007 at 1 p.m.; Free and open to the public.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000