La Bohème

The Minnesota Orchestra finishes its 2007 Sommerfest series with Puccini’s immensely popular La Bohème. The opera is a staple of classical music fans’ collections. But its arias and plotline also are familiar to the uninitiated; after all, Rent and Moulin Rouge are but two examples of popular modern takes on the tale. This production features a cast of world-class singers as well as local favorites Minnesota Chorale and Minnesota Boychoir. The Minnesota Orchestra, too, plays an essential role, as the musicians occupy their usual front-and-center real estate—creating a visually spare but ultimately aurally lush production. For an added treat, keep an eye out for restaurateur Vincent Francoul, owner of the musicians’ hang, Vincent; he has a bit part in Act II. 612-371-5656; www.minnesotaorchestra.org