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Opera on the James Presents: La Boheme

Time: November 8 @ 7:30 pm - November 10 @ 3:00 pm
Venue: Historic Academy Theatre

This famous opera has inspired movies (Moonstruck, Moulin Rouge) and even a Broadway show (Rent)! La Bohème (pronounced LAH BOH-EMM) is The Bohemian Girl, Mimi. On Christmas Eve, she falls in love with a handsome young writer, Rodolfo. He and his buddies are “bohemians,” free spirits who laugh at respectability and hard work. They spend most of their time in the cafes of Paris, debating about love, art and the meaning of life while snatching a free drink wherever they can. Marcello is a painter, passionately in love with Musetta, a girl who wants more luxury than he can provide. She actually loves him too, but neither of them can quite give up their freedom and commit to an exclusive relationship. Colline is a classic nerd, a lonely philosopher whose only comfort is his beloved warm coat. The only one who makes any money is the musician, Schaunard. Everyone is glad to see him when he returns from a paying gig with plenty to eat and drink. When illness strikes Mimi, everyone must face some unavoidable realities. Puccini’s melodies tug at the heart, bringing both smiles and tears.

Join YOUR opera company for a full-scale professional production with large orchestra and chorus, sumptuous costumes, beautiful sets and brilliant singers. English supertitles above the stage let you follow this moving story effortlessly. Celebrate our 20th Anniversary with us!

November 8 (7:30PM) & 10 (3:00PM) in the Academy’s Historic Theatre 


Box Seat: $240.00*

Zone 1: $120.00*

Zone 2: $100.00 *

Zone 3: $80.00*

Zone 4: $60.00*

Zone 5: $45.00*

Zone 6: $30.00*

Students: $15.00*

*Plus taxes and fees

For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Bank of the James Ticketing Office at (434) 846-8499.

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Age Requirement

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this event unless otherwise stated. All ages are welcome.

Camera Policy

Videography and audio recording during the performances are prohibited. Photography of the set on stage is allowed pre-show, post-show, and during intermission. But we do ask that you show our designers and visiting performers some love by crediting them (and by tagging us) in your social media posts.

Content Advisory

The Academy Center of the Arts offers a diverse selection of entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every guest or for all ages. Ticket buyers should take responsibility for making informed decisions regarding their purchases. We recommend visiting the official show website of each show you are coming to see at the Academy. If you ever have questions about the content or appropriateness of a show, please contact us at [email protected].

Doors Open

Our lobby doors open 60 minutes prior to show time. House doors open 30 minutes prior to show time for seating.

Parking & Directions

Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg. Our parking map (linked below) shows all of the free public and paid parking available. In addition, street parking is also available on most streets.

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Ticketing Policies

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Want to volunteer and see this show for free? Contact Mele Thompson, [email protected]for more information.