Opera’s greatest love story comes to life for two performances only. Puccini’s captivating opera travels the seasons of life, love and loss. A chance encounter on a cold, winter night changes everything for Mimì and Rodolfo, while the fiery Musetta joins her on-again off-again lover Marcello. Follow the bohemian revolution of the late 19th century, in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Based on "La Vie de Bohème" by Henri Murger.


Immerse yourself in a vivid original production, fully staged with orchestra and chorus.

November 10| 7:00pm
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers

Tickets: $75 - $25

*If you would like to add on the bus package to already purchased tickets, please contact 239.529.3925

Artist Information

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Gregory Ritchey, Conductor has conducted Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, and La Traviata with  Gulfshore Opera. A versatile musician on the podium and at the keyboard, Mr. Ritchey has held positions with companies both in the US and internationally, including the Wexford Opera Festival, Palm Beach Opera, the Amalfi Coast Music Festival and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Most notably in recent seasons, he has conducted productions of Le nozze di Figaro, Turn of the Screw and Gianni Schicchi. He is currently Associate Conductor at Palm Beach Opera. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, Mr. Ritchey maintains an active chamber music, collaborative and solo piano career, performing throughout the United States and Europe.

Conductor

Greg Ritchie

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Named as one of Musical America’s Top 30 Innovators in Classical Music, Josh Shaw is the
Executive and Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Project (POP), which has been described as
"L.A.'s most exciting new opera company", Mr. Shaw’s re-imagining of Die Entführung aus dem Serail as an episode of Star Trek has gained national attention and has been produced by eight companies selling out houses with record-breaking numbers. Mr. Shaw has directed over 75 productions at companies across the USA. His work as a director has been described "Brave and unflinching". Recent projects include productions of Don Giovanni, La Gazzetta (Rossini), La Traviata, Guillaume Tell and Carmen. In addition to directing, Mr. Shaw has written several English version librettos for operas including the highly successful Star Trek Abduction, a Wild West setting of Die Lustige Witwe, a contemporary setting of Die Schauspieldirektor, and Madame Butterfly sung in Japanese and English, a co-production of POP and Opera in Heights (Houston).

Stage Director

Josh Shaw

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Praised by Opera News for “impeccable pitch and phrasing,” and by Opera Today for “pure,clear tones,” soprano Sarah Tucker is demanding attention for her captivating vocal timbreand engaging stage presence. Sarah made her San Diego Opera debut in March this year as Micaëla in Carmen. In April, Sarah became Tatiana for Intermountain Opera’s first mounting of Tchaikovsky’s most famous opera, Eugene Onegin. Last season, Ms. Tucker made
her Dallas Opera debut as Frasquita in Carmen, and her Opera Philadelphia debut, where she sang the role of First Memory in Lembit Beecher’s War Stories: I Have No Stories To Tell You, which she first premiered with Gotham Chamber Opera at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Last summer she sang the role of Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos at Santa Fe Opera, returning as as a second-year apprentice. Earlier last spring, she made her
international debut as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy in
Japan, and performed as the soprano soloist in Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the New York City
Ballet in Lincoln Center. Sarah made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2017 as Jano
in Jenufa, and performed at Utah Opera as Micaëla in Carmen in the fall of 2016.
The 2015-16 season with Arizona Opera included several role debuts for Ms. Tucker as
Micaëla in Carmen, Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni as a
member of the Arizona Opera Studio. Ms. Tucker was a National Semifinalist in the 2014
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Mimi, a seamstress

Sarah Tucker

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Peter Lake is joining Gulfshore Opera as tenor Professional Artist. He is described as “…relatably earnest, his voice carries a lush, warm timbre”.  Mr. Lake is an internationally performing lyric-tenor who made his role and house debuts as Pinkerton in the ground-breaking English-Japanese production of Madame Butterfly with Pacific Opera Project and Opera in the Heights! this past April. In May of 2019 Peter made is Role debut as Rodolfo in Natchez Music Festival’s production of La Bohème. This summer he joined the Savannah Voice Festival where he performed Jinx in their production of Forever Plaid. In the summer of 2018 made his role debut as Faust in Natchez Festival of Music’s production of Faust, and sang Pang in Mississippi Opera’s Turandot. Also, in 2018 Peter joined Mobile Opera as Don José in Carmen. In September 2018 Peter wrote and starred in a one-man tribute to the life and works of Frank Sinatra with the Mississippi Opera cabaret series. Local audiences will enjoy highlights from this show during the GO Cabaret tour. Mr. Lake will be performing throughout the high season, including Rodolfo in La Bohème. Peter received the National Council Metropolitan Opera Auditions Encouragement Award and holds a Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also spent multiple summers at the International Performing Artist's Institute in Bavaria working in an intensive training environment with Barbara Daniels (Metropolitan Opera) and Michael Sturm (Bayerische Staatsoper).

Rodolfo, a poet

Peter Lake

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Hailed for her "warm, agile and full voice", soprano Chelsea Lehnea will be the soprano
Professional Artists in Residence performing in various concerts during high season. ​Ms. Lehnea joined the prestigious Merola Opera Program at the San Francisco Opera Center this year where she performed the roles of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Elisabetta in Maria
Stuarda. In the 2019-2020 season, she returns to Bel Cantanti Opera with a role debut as Gilda in Rigoletto as well as make a house debut as Musetta in La bohème with Gulfshore
Opera. Chelsea made her Washington National Opera debut as Sister Catherine in Francesca Zambello's 2017 production of Dead Man Walking. Other recent engagements include Sarasota Opera as Frasquita in Carmen and Adalgisa in Norma, St. Petersburg Opera (Florida) as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Bel Cantanti Opera (Washington DC) as Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice. Ms. Lehnea is a graduate of the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland whereshe earned her Master of Music in Opera Performance.

Musetta, a singer

Chelsea Lehnea

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Praised for his strong “sense of theatricality,” baritone Kenneth Stavert has performed on
operatic, concert and recital stages throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Some of his recent highlights include Silvio in Pagliacci, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and Ping in Turandot (Dayton Opera), Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos (Palm Beach Opera), Yamadori
in Madama (Santa Fe Opera) and Renato in Un ballo in maschera, Scarpia in Tosca (Opera in the Heights) and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (POP).  Kenneth’s orchestral credits include
Berlioz’s Lélio, Fauré’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore. He has also been a featured recitalist throughout the United States specializing in less performed English art song.

Marcello, a painter

Kenneth Stavert

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Returning to GO after has deeply moving portrayal of the role of Jesus in St Matthew Passion,
Colin Ramsey’s “majestic, orotund, ravishing bass” (Opera Today) has been heard in repertoire spanning continents and centuries. His recent engagements include returns to Opera San Jose as Guglielmo in Cosí fan Tutte, then in the spring as Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata, Opera Santa Barbara for a role debut as Le Comte des Griuex in Massenet’s Manon, the Sprecher in The Magic Flute with the Pacific Symphony, Norwalk Symphony for Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, and then to Santa Fe Opera for the summer as an apprentice making his company debut in Madama Butterfly. Colin has performed with many distinguished companies in the United States including the Seattle Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Austin Opera, Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and The Los Angeles Philharmonic. His most recent performances include Figaro in Marriage of Figaro, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Colline in La Bohème, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Father Palmer in Silent Night, the Verdi Requiem, and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater.

Colline, a philosopher

Colin Ramsey

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Baritone Mitchell Hutchings has been heard throughout the United States and abroad from
Carnegie Hall to the Dvorak Museum in Prague. Notable roles in opera and musical theatre
include Marcello in La Bohème, John Proctor in The Crucible, Michele in Il tabarro, the title role in Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Germont in La traviata, Marco in Gianni Schicchi, Father in Ragtime, Marullo in Rigoletto, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, and Benoit & Alcindoro in La bohème. Mitchell has been a Resident Artist of Opera Saratoga, Des Moines Metro Opera, Pensacola Opera, Charlottesville Opera, Dicapo Opera Theatre, and Opera Maine. He received his doctorate degree from Eastman School of Music.

Schaunard, a musician

Mitchell Hutchings

Doug Han

Music Preparation & Chorus Master

Tlaloc Lopez-Waterman

Lighting & Projections Designer

Ardean Landhuis

Set Designer

Amanda McGee

Wardrobe Supervisor

Andrew Hiers

Benoit, the landlord & Alcindoro, a state councilor

Alejandro Viera

Parpignol, a toyseller

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