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Opera and Gelato Film Festival

La bohème
Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 2:00pm (Phoenix)

Opera and Gelato Film Festival


This event is SOLD OUT.


Arizona Opera is proud to present the 2nd annual summer Opera and Gelato Film Festival. Join us for the final screening, Puccini’s classic opera La bohème. Set in the Romantic world of Paris, La bohème tells the tale of young friends as they learn about life, death, and love. Enjoy FROST Gelato and refreshments for purchase. Join Cut Paste PHX as we embrace the artistic spirit of La bohème with a fun afternoon of collage!

Time: Pre-show activities with Cut Paste PHX begin at 1:00 p.m., film screening begins at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Arizona Opera Center, Roma and Raymond Wittcoff Black Box Theater

Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission


On Christmas Eve, Marcello paints as Rodolfo gazes at the Parisian rooftops. Marcello is about to sacrifice one of the sparse furnishings to the stove for warmth when Rodolfo has an inspiration: pages of his drama will provide just as much heat. Colline returns followed by Schaunard, who arrives with provisions. The friends are about to leave to dine out when Benoit, the landlord, comes for the rent. The bohemians trick him then throw him out, unpaid. Rodolfo stays behind to finish an article he is writing. A young woman knocks on the door and asks if she may light her candle; she returns moments later searching for her key. As they search, their hands touch. He tells her of his life as a penniless poet; she describes her modest existence as a seamstress. Rodolfo goes to the window and tells his friends below to meet at the Café Momus. He declares his love to Mimì, which she returns. However, time moves forward for the young lovers, as they are forces to confront the realities of their world.

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NOTE: While this is a FREE event, we expect this screening to sell out. PLEASE DO NOT RESERVE MORE SEATS THAN YOU ACTUALLY WILL USE. Should your plans change at any time, please contact us at so that we may release seats to those on the waitlist.

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