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SF Opera’s ‘Bohème Out of the Box’ Coming to Alameda

Free performances of Puccini’s opera at RADIUM Runway April 20, 21

A second chance to see San Francisco Opera’s popular Bohème Out of the Box at RADIUM Runway in Alameda is very good news after the local debut was canceled in 2023 due to inclement weather.

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Scene from Bohème Out of the Box, 2023. Photo Stefan Cohen / San Francisco Opera.

The free, live afternoon performances of Puccini’s beloved opera about love and loss among a group of bohemian artists will be performed in an intimate 75-minute version on a converted shipping-container-turned-mobile opera stage in Alameda on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, 2024 at 2 p.m., at RADIUM Runway, 2151 Ferry Point. RADIUM Runway is a short walk from the Seaplane Ferry Terminal. Although this is a free event, registration is encouraged (but not required).

With the San Francisco skyline and Bay Bridge as the backdrop, seating at RADIUM Runway will be on the concrete taxiway, covered with an artificial lawn. Audiences are encouraged to bring blankets or low camp chairs (a limited number of folding chairs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis). Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and audiences are welcome to bring their own food and beverages to enjoy during the shows.



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First Act Workshop for Bohème Out of the Box, 2023. Photo Kristen Loken / San Francisco Opera.

Families with young children are invited to participate in free First Act Workshops 45 minutes before showtime. Explore Puccini’s La Bohème and get to know the passionate artists in the story. Bring along a favorite stuffed-animal friend and dance to “Musetta’s Waltz,” one of the most famous melodies in all of opera.

Directed by Jose Maria Condemi, Bohème Out of the Box is sung in Italian with English narration and features a cast of San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellows and guest artists with piano accompaniment. Live English supertitles will be available via personal mobile devices. Bohème Out of the Box runs approximately 75 minutes with no intermission and features piano accompaniment.

Scene from Bohème Out of the Box, 2023. Photo Kristen Loken / San Francisco Opera.

Additional event information will be announced at a later date. For more information, including a list of performers and crew members, directions, parking, public transit, and event updates, visit SFOera.com/box. Register to receive updates via email or follow on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and TikTok.

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