She shares most of the vocals with Chicago native Kelly Britt, a lovely soprano whose performance of Leonard Bernstein's "Glitter and Be Gay" from "Candide" and "Musetta
's Waltz" from Puccini's "La Boheme" suggest she'd be equally at home on the Civic Opera House stage.
Over the next four seasons, she sang Baronin Freimann (Lortzing's Der Wildschiitz), Regina (Hindemith's Mathis der Maler), Adele, Musetta
, Cleopatra, Susanna, Fiordiligi, as well as Pamina, Ascagne (Berlioz's Les Troyens), Bubikopf (Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis), and Katja (Weinberg's Die Passagierin).
The production will include a brass band, snow effects and Musetta
's dog will also make an entrance.
Honored Artist Inara Babayeva will play the role of Musetta
. Vitaly Kovalchuk, who now lives and works in Italy, will play the role of Rudolf while Italian vocalist Luca Bruno will play the role of Marseille.
LH: I understand that, when you were singing Musetta
with the Latvian National Opera, you couldn't understand why Mimi was so boring.
They are joined by another reallife couple from South Manchester - Andrea Tweedale who sings the 'tart with a heart' Musetta
, and her husband Matthew Palmer who plays philosopher Colline.
Susanna Phillips reprises the role of the flirtatious Musetta
and Lucas Meachem sings the role of her lover, the painter Marcello.
He appeared on stage at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in March in Puccini's opera La Boheme playing Musetta
's dog and has his own Instagram page.
His ex-girlfriend, Musetta
, adds impossible glamour and jealousy to the already heady mix.
South African actress Musetta
Vander, who recently appeared in an episode of "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders," is guest-starring in an episode in Season 7.
Y es que, con excepcion de la guapa y eficiente soprano Maribel Salazar, encargada del rol central femenino, Mimi (personaje que interpretara aqui mismo en 2006), y del muy experimentado baritono Leszek Zawadka, interprete de Benoit y Alcindoro, todos los demas son caras bastante nuevas en Bellas Artes a las que hemos visto en papeles menores, pero que enfrentan ahora un reto superior al encomendarseles la responsabilidad de encarnar, nada menos, que a los cuatro bohemios de la historia, y a la mas que llamativa Musetta
Working alongside her is music director James Longstaffe, generously making time from his work at Presto Classics in Leamington to create a pared-down orchestration of the original lavish scores by Mascagni and Leoncavallo (this week's piece of trivia: does anyone know that the latter composed a La Boheme, but one which concentrated on Marcello and Musetta
instead of Puccini's Rodolfo and Mimi?).