La Boheme

One Night Only

January 18, 2020 | 7 p.m.

The ISO’s annual opera production welcomes opera professionals to Lakeland for a two-week rehearsal and performance schedule, including special workshops for students.

Tickets On Sale October 1, 2019

Giacomo Puccini’s timeless story of love and loss, La Boheme presents young, near-destitute artists in 1830’s Paris. Marcello, Rodolfo, Colline, Schaunard and of course the lovely Mimi, transport the audience into their Latin Quarter garret where the share the joys of love, the loneliness of life and the tragedy of death. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

La Boheme Cast

Derrek Stark


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Susan Hellman Spatafora


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Rainelle Krause


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Tyler Putnam


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Join the Opera Chorus

Each year, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra Opera Committee produces a fully-staged opera with professional leads, professional artistic staff, professional orchestra and lots of students and community members – like you! During the first two weeks of January, everyone works to stage and costume the performance with a single performance on the third Saturday of January.

This email list will only be used for information related to opera chorus and rehearsals.


Chorus Master: Dr. Beth Gibbs, Florida Southern College

Community Chorus Rehearsal Leader: Greg Sale

Performance: January 18, 2020 @ 7 p.m.

The chorus will rehearse on stage January 6-16. Weekday rehearsals are typically from 7 – 8 p.m.

La Boheme Sponsors

George W. Jenkins Fund within GiveWell Community Foundation

Hilda Sutton & William D. Blanton Foundation
Glenn W. & Hazelle Paxson-Morrison Foundation


GMF Structural | Gray Robinson, P.A.Heath Funeral Chapel & Crematory | OMS Group

The Interesting Conversations Company

Transportation Sponsor:
Regal Honda, Chevrolet, Kia, Acura and GMC Truck

Support for rehearsal and performance space provided through the City of Lakeland Cultural Activities Fund • Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture • Supported in part through a partnership with Florida Southern College Department of Music

A Night at the Opera is made possible through marketing support provided by Visit Central Florida through the Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee of the Tourist Development Council.

As guests of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, you are also guests of the beautiful city of Lakeland. There are many interesting restaurants and places to stay near the ISO’s performance venues.


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The Imperial Symphony Orchestra is committed to the high quality performance of symphonic music in order to educate, entertain and inspire audiences and enrich the lives of the people of Polk County and neighboring communities.

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