March 2 - 12, 2017

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Festival Begins








Puccini’s La Bohème

Semi-staged opera with The Symphonia, Boca Raton, Master Chorale of South Florida & Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

(in Italian with English supertitles)
Saturday: 7:30 PM – March 4, 2017, Mizner Park Amphitheater
Ticket prices range from $9.99 to $100 per person

On March 4, 2017 Festival of the Arts Boca will bring Chatham Opera’s semi-staged production of Puccini’s “La Bohème” to Mizner Park. Puccini’s glorious, lush, romantic score will be presented in its original Italian with English supertitles in a new translation by the Festival’s Music Director, Constantine Kitsopoulos. The performance will feature up and coming young singers from around the country, accompanied by The Symphonia, Boca Raton. The story of young people struggling to make their way through life, love, death, and coming of age is universal. That, and Puccini’s soaring score are what have made “La Bohème” the most performed piece of music theatre in human history!

Join us on March 4, 2017 and be swept away by this beautiful presentation!

Puccini's La Boheme

Cast Members

Jennifer Goode Cooper

Jennifer Goode Cooper is a “lustrous soprano” (Wall Street Journal) with “steely eyed ferocity” (NY Times) who “fills the theater with her soaring soprano voice” (Variety). Recent and notable roles include Older Alice in Glory Denied at Anchorage Opera, Syracuse Opera, and Opera Memphis; Pamina in The Magic Flute at Festival of the Arts Boca; Nedda in Pagliacci with Opera Memphis; the title role of Susannah at Toledo Opera; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with First Coast Opera; and the premiere of the title role of Ivonne at Opera Memphis, which was chosen as a representative work at the Opera America Conference’s New Works Sampler. Other credits include Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw with New York City Opera; Musetta in La bohème in Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway and Los Angeles productions; and Titania/Hippolyta in the first known a capella opera, Michael Ching’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Albany Records). 

Her awards include Grand Prize at the Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition. Cooper has a Bachelor of Music from New York University, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and is a Doctorate of Musical Arts Candidate at the University of Memphis. She was the 2015-2016 resident soprano with the American Opera Project’s Composers and the Voice program.

John Kaneklides

Hailed by Opera News as  “the very picture of youthful optimism and potential,” John Kaneklides is quickly establishing himself as a celebrated tenor of his time. This season, he will return to St. Petersburg Opera to make his role debut in the title role of Les Contes d’Hoffmann. He will also star as Villiers in the highly anticipated New York premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s The Prince of Players. Additionally, Kaneklides will be a featured soloist with the Opera Orchestra of New York and Opera Experience Southeast. In past seasons, he has earned notable acclaim for his portrayals of Alfredo in La traviata, Nemorino in L’elisire d’amore, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo in La bohème, Jeník in The Bartered Bride, Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Cassio in Otello, Pong in Turandot, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Laurie in Little Women, and Micah in Floyd’s Slow Dusk. Kaneklides is also making a name for himself in classic musical theatre roles such as Henrik in A Little Night Music and Tony in West Side Story. Last season, Broadway World noted his portrayal of Lt. Joseph as “chillingly real” and “simply brilliant,” saying “whenever he sings, his voice makes the audience melt.” A decorated award-winner, Kaneklides has received honors from the Metropolitan Opera, the Orpheus National Competition, the Opera Guild of Charlotte, the International Liederkranz Foundation, and the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition. Kaneklides has sung from coast to coast, including engagements in Hawaii, at Opera Carolina, and at Carnegie Hall.

Emily Dyer

Emily Dyer is very pleased to be joining the artists of Festival of the Arts BOCA. Operatic roles include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Hanna Glawari in Die Lustige Witwe. She has participated as a Young Artist in the Aspen Opera Theater Company, Songfest, and OperaWorks. She has concertized as a soloist throughout California with the California Philharmonic and the New West Symphony at venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Segerstrom Hall. She was most recently engaged with the Oklahoma Mozart Festival and returned this fall from her studies in Germany as a Georgina Joshi Travel Grant recipient. She received the 2014-15 Bain Scholarship and is currently an Associate Instructor at Indiana University, where she will complete her Master’s and Performance Diploma under the instruction of Timothy Noble. 

Robert Gerold

A native of Glen Head, NY, baritone Robert Gerold is a recent graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied with Andreas Poulimenos. With IU Opera Theater, Gerold performed the roles of Riolobo in Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas, Abdul in Menotti’s The Last Savage, Lieutenant Buzz Adams in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Curly in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, and Peter in an English language production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Prior to transferring to the Jacobs School, Gerold attended SUNY Purchase, where he performed the role of Peter in German and the role of Le Premier Ministre in Massenet’s Cendrillon. His credits also include the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Oberlin in Italy Summer Program and Il Mandarino in a concert production of Puccini’s Turandot with Coro Lirico. In April 2014, Gerold premiered the dual role of Retrograde/Asher in Eric Lindsay’s Cosmic Ray and the Amazing Chris with New Voices Opera.

Reuben Walker

A native of Seattle, Washington, Reuben Walker returns to Boca Raton after performing the role of Papageno in last year’s The Magic Flute. Most recently, Walker performed the role of Riolobo in Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas with Indiana University Opera Theater. In the summer of 2016, he served as an apprentice artist with Des Moines Metro Opera, singing the role of Cardinal Sinceri in Phillip Glass’s Galileo Galilei. With New Voices Opera, he has premiered the roles of Captain Keeney in Ezra Donner’s Ile and Richard Nixon in Chappell Kingsland’s Intoxication: America’s Love Affair with Oil. Walker tours southern Indiana with Reimagining Opera for Kids, performing the dual role of El Duende and Payador in Piazzola’s Maria de Buenos Aires and premiering the role of Prometheus in Chappell Kingsland’s Fire. Other roles performed with Indiana University’s Opera Theater include Joseph De Rocher in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Mr. Scattergood in Menotti’s The Last Savage, Captain Corocan in Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, Le Bailli in Massenet’s Werther, and Pandolfe in Massenet’s Cendrillon.

Sean Cooper

Sean Cooper, praised for his “rich,” “powerful, and “well-tempered” vocal production, appeared in the original cast of Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La bohème on Broadway, as well as in Riverdance on Broadway. Standout roles include Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, the title roles in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and the baritone soloist in the world premiere of Christopher Dietz’s Only a Breath. Cooper has performed with such companies as Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera Memphis, Pittsburgh Opera,Toledo Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Opera Columbus, Opera North, Liederkranz Opera, Opera Theatre of Guam, Sacramento Choral Society, and Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, as well as the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Toledo, Lima, Warren, and Oakland.

Christopher Seefeldt

Christopher Seefeldt is completing his Master’s degree and holds undergraduate degrees in voice performance and Germanic studies from Indiana University. Seefeldt’s solo credits at the Jacobs School of Music range from comedic to dramatic and include Sir Joseph Porter in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Benoît and Alcindoro in Puccini’s La Bohème, Speaker in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Guard 1 in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and Jud Fry in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!. Seefeldt also actively participates in student-led productions at IU, has performed with the IU Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and has premiered works with New Voices Opera. In recent summers, Seefledt has participated in the Blooming Voce Opera Workshop and Utah Festival Opera. He frequently performs as a bass soloist and chorus member with various choruses in southern Indiana, as well as at IU. He has been a student of Timothy Noble for the past eight years.

Pre-Festival Events

Sunday, January 29, 2017
The Year of the Rooster Chinese New Year
4:00 pm
Swank Farm dinner/ The Year of the Rooster Chinese New Year

Festival Events

Tickets for the 11th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA range from $9.99 to $125 per person

Thursday, March 2
7:00 PM

Author & Ideas: Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit From the Goon Squad – Novelist as Journalist/Journalist as Novelist
Cultural Arts Center

Friday, March 3
7:30 PM

Concert: Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis, The Symphonia, Boca Raton & Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Saturday, March 4
4:00 PM

Authors & Ideas: Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor for The New Yorker – I Only Read It for the Cartoons: An Insider’s History of the New Yorker
Cultural Arts Center

Saturday, March 4
7:30 PM

Opera for the 99 Percent: Puccini’s La Boheme, semi-staged with The Symphonia, Boca Raton, Master Chorale of South Florida & Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor (in Italian with English supertitles)
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Sunday, March 5
7:00 PM

Concert: Indonesian jazz sensation Joey Alexander / Mexican classical pianist Daniela Liebman with The Symphonia, Boca Raton & Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor with music of Mendelssohn and Alexander
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Monday, March 6
7:00 PM

Authors & Ideas: Jon Meacham, Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and contributing editor at Time - The Art of Leadership – Lessons from the American Presidency
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Tuesday, March 7
7:00 PM

Authors & Ideas: Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe, theoretical physicist and entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts, Beyond Einstein: Space, Time and Reality
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Friday, March 10
7:30 PM

Concert: Sarah Chang, pianist Daniel Hsu with The Symphonia, Boca Raton & Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G Minor
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Saturday , March 11
7:30 PM

The world premiere of the Blake Edwards’ 1964 hit comedy, THE PINK PANTHER with live orchestra

Sunday , March 12
7:00 PM

Concert: Sergio Mendes & Brasil 2017, the legendary musician in a South Florida exclusive performance
Mizner Park Amphitheater