NDPresents to feature "La Boheme" Feb. 11 at Morris Center

by Julie Hail Flory

NDPresents, the new arts presenter of the University of Notre Dame, will host Opera Verdi Europa performing Puccini’s “La Boheme” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 (Wednesday) at South Bend’s Morris Performing Arts Center.p. Sponsored by U.S. Cellular, admission to the performance ranges from $20-45 and tickets are available by calling the Morris Center box office at 574-235-9190 or toll free at 800-537-6415, or on the Web at www.MorrisCenter.org .p. Opera Verdi Europa has won accolades for its rich European operatic tradition since its inception in 1996. Flourishing in the expansion of post-Iron Curtain Eastern Europe, the company has earned a solid reputation in Europe and is now bringing its talents to America for the first time. This visit marks the first time a professional touring opera company will visit South Bend.p. “La Boheme,” which has been called the “greatest love story ever sung,” tells the romantic story of Rodolfo, a poet, and Mimi, a seamstress, who meet and fall in love in Paris in 1830. The production is conducted by prize-winning conductor Luciano Di Martino, music director and principal conductor of the National Opera in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.p. Opera Verdi Europa appears as the third event of the inaugural season of “NDPresents,” which earlier featured performances by Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and will host Cirque Eloize at the Morris in March.

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