Bohème and Beethoven, Grand Rapids and Jacksonville

I’m at it again with the coat.  This time in Michigan, I believe another new state for me.  Actually, I have not only never sung there, but I think I have not yet even been to Michigan.  So this is a win for me professionally and personally!  A win for Michigan, no doubt.  ;-)   Boys and girls, the adventures and conquests of a wandering minstrel are boundless.

May 4th and 5th, I will be singing the role of Colline in the Opera Grand Rapids production of La Bohème.  I love doing this show and look forward to developing a relationship with this company as well as working with another cast of talented singers and crafty Bohemians.

After I’m done in Michigan, I fly home one day and fly out again the next, heading back to Jacksonville, FL, where I also sang Bohème earlier this year.  It was all around a fantastic experience working with the Jacksonville Symphony.  They are a wonderful sounding ensemble and conductor Fabio Mechetti is simply fantastic to work with.  So it is a great pleasure to return to work with them again.

This time, I will be singing my first Beethoven’s 9th, May 10-12, which I am very excited about.  As bass soloist, I have the distinct honor of introducing the famous tune of the Ode to Joy.  Very cool.

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5 comments to Bohème and Beethoven, Grand Rapids and Jacksonville

  • Jim McCabe

    Which do you suggest? I can do Grand Rapids OR perhaps the 12th in Jacksonville but probably not both…. although I need to be in both places soon. Which one????

  • Well I am in Grand Rapids and work for Opera Grand Rapids- so I can’t even begin to claim be unbiased!
    But there are still some great seats available for the May 4 & 5 performances of LA BOHEME.

    But, I am guessing you will need a room, here is a link to a discount hotel & show package for next weekend.
    If you book a “Culture Pass” room you can use the Culture Pass May 4 or 5 for 50% off tickets at the DeVos Hall Box Office.
    http://www.experiencegr.com/events/culturepassgr/

    We have assembled an amazing cast under the baton of Robert Lyall, and the direction of Matthew Lata, with the Grammy Nominated Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.
    http://www.operagr.com/index.html
    We hope to see you in Grand Rpaids

  • Somehow I didn’t see this comment until just now, Jim. Hmmmm. Anyway, that’s a tough call. Boheme is a great opera and Beethoven’s 9th is a great Symphony. I would usually choose the opera over the symphony, but it’s really up to you. Let me know if you wind up coming to one or the other.

  • Jim McCabe

    Hey, Matthew. Ok, thanks for replying. I will be aiming for Grand Rapids. My sister just totaled hercar and she is leaving for Hawaii on May 3. I’m supposed to watch her cats while she is gone. I have an old friend in Free Soil, MI I need to visit. Currently I’m in Pittsfield MA. Damn… only possible problem is if my sister needs a ride to work since she has no car. I will figure this out and let you know. I see Grand Rapids is charging $100 for an orchestra seat!! Damn. You better be getting paid accordingly!!!

    Jim

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