Rockdale Opera Company has been providing the highest quality Opera, Light Opera and Gilbert and Sullivan productions at affordable prices since 1948.
COMING THIS NOVEMBER!
La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
Since its first performance in 1896, La Bohème has remained one of the world’s most popular, well-loved and frequently performed operas. The tragic story of the impoverished seamstress Mimi and the struggling poet Rodolfo’s doomed love affair as captured by Puccini’s poignant and evocative score, pulls at the heartstrings and stirs emotions. The glittering and lively café scene in Act II, which introduces the feisty and passionate Musetta, perfectly captures romantic Bohemian Paris in full festive flight.
The opera features some of the most popular and famous arias ever composed. In film the opera has brought leading ladies to tears in movies such as Moonstruck and Pretty Woman. La Bohème justifiably deserves its popularity and with its moving storyline, endearing characters and heart-breakingly beautiful music, it can be seen and enjoyed over and over again.
La Bohème Cast
Mimi - Tessa Hayward
Rodolfo- Adrian Li Donni
Musetta - Georgia Kokkoris
Marcello- Tristan Entwhistle
Schaunard - Michael Johnson
Colline - Brett Crocker
Alcindoro - Craig Scott
Benoit - Gordon Costello
The Rockdale Opera Company Chorus
Musical Director - Steven Stanke
Director - Joseph Restubog
Saturday 11 November 2023 - Sunday 19 November 2023 Rockdale Town Hall, 448 Princes Highway, Rockdale NSW 2216
ROCKDALE OPERA COMPANY CO PATRONS DANIEL SUMEGI & JOSÉ CARBÓ
A message from Daniel Sumegi
“As Australia’s oldest opera company, Rockdale Opera Company has provided a much needed platform for young aspiring professionals to ‘tread the boards’ alongside the people that make up the bulk of the company - the true opera lovers. I made my solo debut at Rockdale 31 years ago as Fiorello in The Barber of Seville alongside the beautiful Deborah Riedel. Having then sung in four other productions with ROC in my early days, I moved out into the wider vocal world - where I have proudly been singing professionally since 1988.
Rockdale Opera Company is very much a community organisation and has been generously supported by the Rockdale City Council for many generations.The word ‘Rockdale’ resonates so powerfully throughout the operatic family and I sincerely hope this invaluable cornerstone of our culture continues to flourish”.
A message from José Carbó
"As an up and coming singer, I was fortunate to have performed five roles with the company. Since establishing my professional career, I now consider it an honour and a responsibility to ensure there continues to be a platform which will enable the company to further prosper and adapt to the requirements and demands of present day live operatic entertainment. It is vital we succeed so future generations of singers can continue to have the opportunity and a platform where they can learn their trade and ply their craft and gain much needed and valuable performance experience, as I and all that came before me have had."