University of Northern Colorado Opera Theatre presented Amadeo Vives’ zarzuela “Bohemios” Thursday evening at Greeley Central High School.
Directed by Brian Clay Luedloff, an associate professor of music, “Bohemios” is a Spanish form opera that featured the performers alternating between scenes of dialogue and music. The opera was performed in one act.
“The zarzuela form, with a combination of singing, dialogue and dancing, is the perfect introduction to opera for young audiences,” Luedloff said.
Amadeo Vives’ opera tells the story of a young composer named Roberto (played by German Duarte) who is writing a romantic opera with his friend Victor (played by Daniel Tillotson).
Roberto’s neighbor Cossette (played by Molly Ortiz) admires Roberto and his songwriting abilities. She steals the opera he has written, intending to sing it at an opera audition that evening.
Roberto and Cossette run into each other at a café. Roberto is struck by Cossette’s beauty and asks for her name, but she hesitates to accept his advances because she wants to focus on succeeding as a singer.