Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bloggers at La Boheme

Portland Opera will sponsor a crop of bloggers who will be at their command posts in the lobby (where they have designated tables and laptops) before "La Boheme" starts, during its intermission, and after the final curtain falls to record their thoughts.

Here's the lowdown from the press release:

Portland Opera is pleased to announce the return of Blogger Night @ The Opera. Four prominent local bloggers will receive a back stage tour; attend the opening night performance of Puccini’s La Bohème, and then blog about the whole experience from the Keller Auditorium lobby before, during intermission and after the show. The first opera of Portland Opera’s 2009/10 season, La Bohème opens Friday, September 25, 2009.

Each blogger’s individual posts will appear on their own websites simultaneously. We are pleased to welcome back from last season’s Rigoletto blogger night Geoff Kleinman of On Portland ( We also welcome three new bloggers: Marc Acito and his blog The Gospel According to Marc (, Floyd Sklaver for Just Out ( and Portland Opera Studio Artist Daryl Freedman, a special guest blogger for the new Portland Opera Facebook Fan Page. The links to each blog will also be available at

Each of these bloggers offers a different connection to opera. Author Marc Acito has performed as a soloist in two previous Portland Opera productions; Floyd Sklaver has appeared in numerous Portland Opera productions as a Supernumerary (non-singing, non-speaking role); Studio Artist Daryl Freedman is just beginning her career and our returning blogger, Geoff Kleinman, is new to the art form. Marc, Floyd and Daryl will all appear in the second opera of the season, Philip Glass’ Orphée, opening November 6.


Geoff said...

To clarify, I'm not exactly new to the art form, as I've seen a number of Operas, but not La Boheme.

Here's my preview piece on Portland Opera's La Boheme

we hope to have some live video tonight too, if the networking gods are in our favor :)

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Fernando Ghio said...

Despite the performers, La Boheme is and forever will be stunning.
From my seat:
Arturo Chacón-Cruz: A light slight of Jose Carreras. Good performance but he has a long, long way to go.
Kelly Kaduce: By giving life to Mimi, she make me shiver. Great performance. She has a great voice and talent

Michael Todd Simpson. Ok. Good enough for a Broadway/Andrew Lloyd Webber production…. buy please not for Puccini and
Alyson Cambridge: Where is Musetta? Was she there? La Boheme is not a comedy. I am not sure that Puccini meant to make the audience laugh.
Looking forward to Orphee.