Roll over Tchaikovsky: Pacific Opera Project’s The Hipsters is Your New Holiday Classical Music Tradition

Daria Somers and Dane Suarez as Mimi and Rudolfo (photo by Martha Benedict, courtesy Pacific Opera Project)

The holidays are here, and in the world of entertainment, that means all the seasonal classics are being dusted off. In Los Angeles, Pacific Opera Project’s traditional holiday offering is their clever staging of “La Boheme: AKA The Hipsters.” First staged in November 2012, The Hipsters has become the company’s signature show and is a delightful alternative for music lovers looking for a big Christmas show that isn’t “The Nutcracker” or “Handel’s Messiah.”

Puccini’s “La Boheme” was first staged in 1896 and, with its beautiful music and bittersweet story of love and loss, has remained in performance on a stage somewhere ever since. POP’s production takes the starving young bohemians of Paris, Christmas Eve 1830, and recasts them as the hipsters we know and … love? … today, sung in French with, as always, a witty Engish translation provided in supertitles. The show runs, appropriately enough, in Highland Park at the Ebell Club, weekends from December 7 through 22, 2018. The cast varies by performance, with full details at Pop’s website.

“La Boheme: AKA The Hipsters.” December 7, 8, 13-15, 20-22, 2018, 8 p.m., presented by Pacific Opera Project at The Ebell Club of Highland Park,131 S. Ave 57, Los Angeles, CA 90042. Seats from $15 to $40. Visit pacificoperaproject.com for tickets and information.

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