Opera House by Ella Ruth
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Experience Puccini’s La Bohème, the world premiere of Enemies, A Love Story, and Gaetano Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment During Palm Beach Opera’s 2014-15 Season!

Founded in 1961, the fully professional Palm Beach Opera presents mainstage performances at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.  The organization received the highest grant score in the State of Florida for general program support from the Division of Cultural Affairs along with funding from OPERA America to further integrate technology into the annual Opera @ the Waterfront, a free outdoor community concert at the Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach.  There, they introduced a mobile app designed to create an interactive experience where fun facts, concert information, program list, and full translations for all arias can be accessed in real time.

To celebrate the 2014 OPERA WEEK (October 24 – November 2), Palm Beach Opera hosted Opera Day at the Mandel Public Library, along with Opera Story Time at the Riviera Beach Public Library.  The company is aiming to make opera more accessible and easier for everyone in the community to attend. “Our whole community deserves to have easy access to opera performances. After all, we produce entertaining opera for a broad variety of audiences,” said Palm Beach Opera General Director Daniel Biaggi. “We therefore decided to lower ticket prices for the upcoming season in order to make it easier for people to join us at our performances and connect with fellow arts lovers.”

Their 2014-2015 opera season features La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini (Jan. 16-18), the world premiere of Enemies, A Love Story based on the book Enemies, A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer (Feb. 20-22), and The Daughter of the Regiment by Gaetano Donizetti (Mar. 20-22).

La Bohème (Jan. 16-18)

When love comes knocking on Rodolfo’s door, something ignites within him and Mimí that can’t be stopped. Instant attraction. Complete captivation. Undying ardor.

Puccini’s passionate, gripping music captures the beauty of love at first sight, the magic of having good friends during tough times, and the heart-wrenching pain of an untimely death.

Enemies, A Love Story (Feb. 20-22)

Set in New York City in 1948, Holocaust survivor Herman Broder finds himself in quite the predicament juggling his second wife, mistress, and first wife who was presumed dead. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winning Yiddish author Isaac Bashevis Singer and adapted into an Oscar-nominated movie, the story examines the immigrant experience with a mix of determination, irony, and humor in a uniquely engaging way.

The Daughter of the Regiment (Mar. 20-22)

Raised by a regiment of super-sweet soldiers, Marie’s life is full of love, war, and fun galore. But when true love comes from the wrong side of the war, Marie is torn.

As Marie navigates love and decides who to marry, there’s one question on everyone’s mind: Who will fight for her heart?