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SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SAVANNAH OPERA COMPANY’S PRODUCTION OF LA BOHÈME

SAVANNAH, GA – July 22, 2021 – The ninth annual Savannah VOICE Festival, staged Aug. 8 – 22 in and around the Hostess City, will include a condensed production of the famous La Bohème opera on Saturday, August 21, directed by the Savannah Opera Company’s Fabrizio Melano and Maestro, Andrew Bisantz.

“La Bohème” will be presented in two one-hour shows at Asbury Memorial Church, located on 1008 E. Henry Street, beginning at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this production are $50 for premium seats, and $32.50 for standard seating. The 5 p.m. showing is graciously sponsored by Marjorie and B.H. Levy and the 7:30 showing by Carolyn Donovan.

The Savannah Opera Company launched in 2018, on the heels of the sixth Savannah VOICE Festival. This brand is the daughter organization of the Savannah VOICE Festival and the VOICExperience Foundation. The Savannah Opera Company continues with the work of the SVF in staging high quality productions in the city of Savannah, GA.

“We are thrilled to say that The Savannah VOICE Festival and the Savannah Opera Company are back LIVE and better than ever,” says the Founder and Executive Director of The Savannah VOICE Festival, Maria Zouves. “The Savannah Opera Company grows stronger every year, this year presenting the famous “La Bohème”. We’d like to thank all our artists, sponsors, and donors for supporting us as we bounce back from the pandemic in an impactful one-hour production and celebrate live performance once again.”

“La Bohème” is the most frequently performed Italian operas. The Savannah VOICE Festival presents an abridged version of Puccini’s love story with Stage Director, Fabrizio Melano, and Maestro, Andrew Bisantz, breathe new life into this timeless masterpiece.

“La Bohème” premiered Feb 1, 1896, at the Teatro Regio in Italy as a four-act opera, set in 1830’s Paris, France. This story portrays the bohemian lifestyle, and tragic love story, of a poor poet and seamstress. Four struggling bohemians – a poet, a painter, a musician and a philosopher are living together in Paris, when one freezing Christmas Eve their lives are changed forever. A girl named Mimì knocks on their door looking for a candle light, and she and Rodolfo fall in love. However, the rush of love at first sight soon gives way to something much darker – it becomes clear that Mimì is desperately ill, and that Rodolfo, in his poverty, cannot provide for her. Our bohemians try to find their way, but are soon sharply awoken to the harsh realities of life…

For a full lineup of all Savannah VOICE Festival concerts, performances, master classes and other events, to join the VOICE Society, or to purchase tickets to La Bohème and other events, please call 855.766.7372, email info@savannahvoicefestival.org or visit www.savannahvoicefestival.org

Savannah VOICE Festival is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit arts organization in the state of Georgia. The Festival brings classical vocal excellence to the Savannah area through a two-week celebration of concerts, events, and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year. Focusing on arts awareness and audience development in the performing arts, it offers music from opera, musical theatre, and popular song. The Savannah VOICE Festival is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Donations are tax-deductible.

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