Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Little Opera on the Prairie

Today’s Tuesday, and Tuesday means Trivia. Specifically, Bohème trivia!

What’s a Bohemian? I’ve been wondering that myself. So I did a little research to find out. The word comes from the French bohémien, which used to refer to gypsies. (Gypsies were thought to come from Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republic.) The gypsies were thought to be artsy and wild and free, and the word became associated with the young artists of the counter-culture movement in 19th-century Paris. It was so common that Henry Murger used it as the title for his stories that would inspire the opera.

Interesting side note: the opera has sometimes been translated as “The Bohemian Girl,” which is technically not correct; it would be La bohémienne.

We’re full of random trivia here at Opera Colorado.

And for some not-so-random trivia, single tickets for La Bohème went on sale yesterday. We sold almost 400 tickets! So get your tickets to La Bohème (and Rusalka and Cinderella) before we have to tell you (with sad faces) that there aren't any left.

Ciao for now!

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