by Giacomo Puccini
Production: Tim Ocel
Director: Brad Dalton
Set Designer: Erhard Rom
Lighting Designer: Josh Epstein
Costume Designer: Miller James

presented at Opera Santa Barbara, 2011

“Hard times are still upon us, but by some minor miracle, Santa Barbara has experienced repeated highs in one of the most expensive cultural propositions: grand opera. That thankful trend continued with Opera Santa Barbara’s ‘La Boheme,’ a sturdy take on the Puccini chestnut. This ‘Boheme’ fared so persuasively because it understood the opera on a human scale. What better way to cap off such a stellar year?” – Josef Woodard, SB News-Press

“The staging by Brad Dalton was impressive, integrating the tricky balance between boisterous joie de vivre and romantic loss. One could almost feel the presence of Van Gogh walking the streets and the world of lit cafes and dark alleyways.” – Robert F. Adams, Casa Magazine 

“Opera Santa Barbara’s sumptuous, polished and lyrical production of ‘La Boheme,’ that paean to youth and lost love, showed how far OSB has come as a company. The production is a resounding start to the OSB season.” – Margo Kline, Noozhawk

“The yin and yang of raucous irresponsibility and tender isolation are what make the opera work and in this production, they meshed seamlessly” - Charles Donelan, SB Independent

“OSB’s production of ‘La Boheme’ was a sell out. Director Brad Dalton captured the four-act work wonderfully. It was a production not to be missed!” – Richard Mineards, Montecito Miscellany