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‘Bohème Out of the Box’ This Weekend

Rain could interfere with SF Opera performances at Alameda Point

Update March 9, 3:20 p.m. The March 10 performance has been canceled.
Update March 11, 6:15 p.m. The March 11 performance has been canceled.
Update March 12, 11:40 a.m. The March 12 performance has been canceled.

La Bohème was the first opera to be presented by San Francisco Opera 100 years ago. Now the company is celebrating their 100th season by bringing the opera to Alameda for a weekend of free performances from March 10–12.

In partnership with the City of Alameda and RADIUM Presents, the performances will take place on an expansive taxiway at the former Naval Air Station, nestled between the brand-new Waterfront Park and the Naval Air Museum, and just a short walk from the Seaplane Ferry Terminal.

Alameda Post - performers on stage for Bohème Out of the Box
Catch the free show this weekend at Alameda Point. Photos Kristen Loken / San Francisco Opera.

Composer Giacomo Puccini’s popular work about love and loss among a group of bohemian artists will be performed in an intimate 75-minute version on a shipping container that has been converted into an opera stage.



Directed by Jose Maria Condemi, Bohème Out of the Box features a cast of San Francisco Opera’s young artists-in-residence, the Adler Fellows, and guest artists with piano accompaniment. Pre-Opera Talks at the front of the stage will be offered 45 minutes before showtime for Friday and Saturday performances. Families with young children are invited to attend First Act Workshops 45 minutes before showtime at the Sunday matinée performance.

There is no charge to attend Bohème Out of the Box. Registration at sfopera.com/box is encouraged but not required. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating will be on the concrete taxiway, covered with a comfortable artificial lawn. There are no reserved seats, so audiences are encouraged to bring blankets or low camp chairs, and come early to pick a spot. A limited number of folding chairs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and drinks are allowed and will also be offered for purchase onsite.

The weather forecast for this weekend shows it may be rainy and stormy during some of the planned events. If it does rain, the outdoor performances may be canceled or delayed. Register at sfopera.com/box to receive updates via email and follow @sfopera on Instagram and Facebook for updates.

For more information about San Francisco Opera’s 2022–23 Centennial Season, visit sfopera.com/100.

Alameda Post - an artistic representation of Bohème Out of the Box being performed onstage. Geometric shapes and outlines of people fill the opera scene
Image San Francisco Opera.

Bohème Out of the Box Pre-show activities

Pre-Opera Talks: Friday, March 10, 5:45 p.m. and Saturday, March 11, 5:45 p.m.
First Act Workshop: Sunday, March 12, 1:15 p.m.

Cast

Friday, March 10, 6:30 p.m. – Mikayla Sager (Mimì), Nikola Printz (Musetta), Edward Graves (Rodolfo); Yang Lin (Pianist)
Saturday, March 11, 6:30 p.m. – Olivia Smith (Mimì), Arianna Rodriguez (Musetta), Victor Cardamone (Rodolfo), Marika Yasuda (Pianist)
Sunday, March 12, 2 p.m. – Mikayla Sager (Mimì), Nikola Printz (Musetta), Edward Graves (Rodolfo); Yang Lin (Pianist)
Additional casting for all performances – Jongwon Han (Colline), Timothy Murray (Marcello), Philip Skinner (Benoit/Alcindoro), Daniel Cilli (Schaunard)

Creative/Technical Team

Jose Maria Condemi (Stage Director), Ryan O’Steen (Set Supervisor), Justin Partier (Lighting Designer), Cassandra Carpenter (Costume Coordinator & Supervisor)

Getting there

Parking – Parking is available for free at the Seaplane Ferry Terminal, just a five-minute walk away. There will be a limited number of ADA parking spots available at 2153 Ferry Point. Passenger loading/unloading is available on the west side of Pan Am Way adjacent to the Waterfront Park.
Cycling – The Cross Alameda Trail ends at Seaplane Lagoon with ample bike parking in the Waterfront Park.
Bus – The line 78 runs on Friday and is the closest bus stop at Ferry Point & W. Atlantic. The line 96 runs on Saturday and Sunday, stopping at W. Atlantic Avenue & Orion Street.

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