Opera company presents 'La Boheme'

2013-08-23T00:00:00Z Opera company presents 'La Boheme'Eloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Opera singer/actor Robert Swan is looking forward to bringing one of his favorite operatic productions to music fans this weekend.

Swan, who recently debuted his new Harbor Country Opera, will present "La Boheme" at 8 p.m. Eastern at the New Buffalo Performing Arts Center in New Buffalo, Mich.

 "'La Boheme" is one of the 10 most produced operas of all time. It's also very accessible to most people," said Swan, who has performed throughout Chicago, the country and around the world. Swan, a former resident of Chicago, currently lives in the LaPorte area.

Swan said "La Boheme" by Giacomo Puccini, is a perfect piece to bring to the New Buffalo Performing Arts Center.

"It's a beautiful theater that seats 500 people with wonderful acoustics and terrific sight lines," he said, of the theater which is housed in a high school.

Swan, who has been performing at Three Oaks' Acorn Theatre as part of their opera series for the past seven years, said this is the first show he's presenting with his newly formed Harbor Country Opera company.

He said cast members of "La Boheme" have vast resumes and have performed in major opera houses around the world.

On stage for this weekend's show, along with Swan, will be Isaac Hurtado, Amy Fuller, Sarah Gartshore and the LaPorte County Symphony conducted by Philip Bauman.

Getting ready for his opera company's presentation of "La Boheme" has been an all-encompassing venture.

"This is my baby. I've hired all the people to getting all the props and doing the marketing," Swan said.

FYI: Harbor Country Opera will present "La Boheme" at 8 p.m. Eastern at New Buffalo Performing Arts Center, 1112 East Clay St., New Buffalo, Mich. Call for ticket prices and more information.  Visit harborcountryopera.org or call (269) 231-0027

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