The Cultural Center of the Philippines and

Society for Cultural Enrichment, Inc.

In cooperation with Music Artes Inc., Opus Artis Institute of Music, and Viva Voce Voice Lab


November 11 & 12, 2023 | 7:30 PM

Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP Black Box Theater)


“Director Nelsito Gomez proved in this production of La Bohème, that an opera’s truth can be performed in a smaller venue with more affordable tickets so younger audiences can see it.” – Gabi Francisco

Viva Voce Voice Lab’s staging of Puccini’s La Bohème is set in 1960s Paris, at the height of the French New Wave. The 1960s were the period of Post-war France, when the country was booming with a newfound sense of optimism and energy. It was the time of New Wave cinema, existentialism, Yé-Yé music, and streets filled with youth; a very apt backdrop for the Bohemians of this opera.

This reimagined production features a talented cast including Nomher Nival stars as Rodolfo, Anna Migallos as Mimi, Carlo Falcis as Marcello, Iona Ventocilla-Borja as Musetta, Roby Malubay as Colline, Fritz Rivera as Schaunard, and Raymond Yadao as Alcindoro. Directed by Nelsito Gomez with musical direction by Camille Lopez-Molina, this interpretation focuses on the intimate essence of the story, with a piano as the sole accompaniment. Stripping away the grandiose ‘trappings’ of opera, this version highlights the drama, the music, and the singing.

Join us for an intimate, piano-accompanied journey that goes beyond the traditional opera experience!


Ticket Price: Php 800 – Regular Price

Discount: 20% for PWD, Senior Citizens, National Athletes,            Military & Government Employees   

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La Bohème is an opera composed by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, who is widely regarded as the greatest and most successful proponent of Italian opera after Verdi. The story of La Bohème is based on Henry Murger’s novel, “Scenes de la vie de Bohème,” a collection of vignettes portraying the lives of young bohemians living in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840’s. The opera focuses on the lives of four young friends – a poet, a painter, a musician, and a philosopher – and how their lives change one freezing winter’s eve, after a girl named Mimi comes knocking on their door. La Bohème is also the opera that the well-loved rock musical “Rent” (by Jonathan Larson) is loosely based on.


Viva Voce Voice Lab is a collective of classically trained singers with a passion for opera, and the art of singing. The singers of this collective are inspired performers and vocal pedagogues that you can find dabbling in varied musical projects and performances around the metro – from conducting vocal workshops and facilitating their private studio recitals, to performing in solo classical recitals and as ensemble members of stage musicals and operas. And after much acclaim and sold out performances, Viva Voce is taking their minimalist interpretation of the sweetly tragic opera “La Bohème” to CCP.

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