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New Haven Register
By Joe Amarante
Crowd-pleasing opera “La Bohème,” about young, starving artists in love, arrives at the Shubert Theater on Valentine’s Day for a weekend run, presented by Yale School of Music and Yale Opera. Just don’t expect a Hallmark card confection.
Oxford-trained director Michael Gielata said that with other, older opera troupes, you can end up with an “exquisite singer in their 40s or 50s (often well-fed) playing an 18-year-old.” He’s also not fond of “whipped-cream, cardboard box, chocolate cake ‘Bohèmes.’ That’s not what poverty looks like. That’s not what the gutters of Paris of that time looked like.” MORE