Affecting, familiar `Boheme'

Opera review

May 01, 2006|By TIM SMITH | TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC

Those endearing, if hapless, bohemians are back at the Lyric Opera House - shacking up and breaking up, romanticizing the simple things of life, trying to avoid the tougher stuff as long as possible.

The characters in Puccini's La Boheme are so familiar, their stories so inevitable, that you might think they would have worn out their welcome by now, 110 years after the opera's premiere. But they've never really lost their freshness, partly due to the ingenuity and beauty of Puccini's music, and partly because, at heart, they're still so much like us (or, at the very least, like people we know).

`La Boheme' 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $45 to $137. Call 410-727-6000.

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