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New York City Opera: La Bohème

Fully staged with orchestra and costumes
June 1, 2023, 7:00pm–8:30pm

New York City Opera opens the 2023 season of Picnic Performances with a star-studded, fully staged performance of a beloved Puccini classic, La Bohème. Puccini’s unmatched gift for melody adds remarkable poignancy to the simple joys and heartbreaking sorrows of a group of young Parisians in this universally popular classic. Conducted by Maestro Joseph Rescigno and accompanied by members of the New York City Opera Orchestra, this world-class production, offered free of charge in Bryant Park, is not to be missed.

New York City Opera was famously dubbed “The People's Opera” by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia at its founding in 1943. More than 70 years later, City Opera continues its historic mission to inspire audiences with innovative and theatrically compelling opera, nurture the work of promising American artists, and build new audiences through affordable ticket prices and extensive outreach and education programs.


Inna Dukach, Mimì
Gregory Turay, Rodolfo
Gustavo Feulien, Marcello
Elizaveta Ulakhovich, Musetta 
Carl DuPont, Colline 
Alexander Boyd, Schaunard 

Joseph Rescigno - Conductor 
Michael Capasso - Director 

Traci Clapper - Stage Manager 
John Farrell - Director of Production
Kathryn Olander - Pianist/Music Coach 
Shannon Harrington - Wig Designer
Derek Lockwood - Wardrobe Supervisor 
Samantha Sallaway - Makeup Artist 

Members of the New York City Opera Orchestra

Alexander Boyd, Schaunard

Currently based in Tampa, Florida, Alexander Boyd recently appeared as Escamillo (Carmen) with the Glacier Symphony, Don Pizarro (Fidelio) with St Petersburg Opera, and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) with Teatro Lirico D'Europa. Alex has received scholarships from both the Bradenton and Sarasota Opera guilds in Florida, placed second in the New York Lyric Opera’s 2016 vocal competition, and was a semifinalist in Opera Tampa’s 2019 D’Angelo Young Artist Vocal Competition and the Mildred Miller 2018 Vocal Competition. Other performance highlights include Scarpia (Tosca) and Bruschino (Il signor Bruschino) with Sarasota Opera, Tonio (Pagliacci) and King Melchior (Amahl and the Night Visitors) with St. Petersburg Opera, The Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly) with Tulsa Opera, Donner (Das Rheingold) and Robert Redgate (Mr. Rogers’ Operas) with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Monterone (Rigoletto) with Opera Project Columbus, Mr. Gobineau (The Medium) with Opera Maine, and Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) with Kenosha Opera Festival.

Michael Capasso, Director 

Michael Capasso is the General Director of the New York City Opera. He has produced, directed, and toured opera and musical theater productions in the U.S. and abroad for 40+ years. In June of 2014, he led the successful effort to bring the New York City Opera out of bankruptcy. The revitalized New York City Opera returned to the stage in January 2016 with a celebratory production of Tosca. In 1981, he, along with Diane Martindale, founded New York’s Dicapo Opera Theatre. Over the 30 years of his leadership, Dicapo Opera Theater presented myriad diverse programming to the New York public. In addition to his work with the Dicapo Opera Theatre, Mr. Capasso has directed operas at l’Opéra de Montréal, Mallorca Opera, Toledo Opera, Connecticut Opera, New Jersey State Opera, Opera Carolina, and Orlando Opera among others. Mr. Capasso founded the National Lyric Opera in 1991, a touring company that has brought fully staged operas to communities in the American Northeast.

Inna Dukach, Mimì

Russian-American soprano Inna Dukach has been praised for “an immediately appealing, youthfully rich and velvety voice.” Most recently, Ms. Dukach made her house and role debut as Matilde Neruda in Virginia Opera’s Il Postino, made her role debut as Antonia/Giulietta/Stella in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Nashville Opera, sang Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Inland Northwest Opera, and appeared on the concert stage as a soloist for Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the Portland Symphony (Maine). Ms. Dukach made her London debut at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Musetta in La bohème, and her Metropolitan Opera debut as the title role in Madama Butterfly. She created the role of Ina in the world premiere of Steal a Pencil with Opera Colorado and was chosen to sing the role of Mimì in La bohème for two consecutive seasons at New York City Opera, a role she has also sung with Opera Colorado, Pensacola Opera, Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, Lubbock Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic. 

Carl DuPont, Colline

Carl DuPont is an artist, innovator, and educator dedicated to Transformational Inclusion in the arts and Care of the Professional Voice. His “rich, nuanced baritone” (Columbus Underground) has held center stage in performances at the Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Carolina, Opera Columbus, Annapolis Opera Company, First Coast Opera, Toledo Opera, Opera Saratoga, Sarasota Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera, El Palacio de Bellas Artes, Opera Company of Brooklyn, The IN Series, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Leipzig Opera. His articles can be found in The Laryngoscope and the Voice and Speech Review. DuPont can be heard on the world premiere recordings of the Caldara Mass in A Major, The Death of Webern, and his solo album, The Reaction. He is currently an associate professor of voice at the Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute and Artistic Director of the Washington National Opera Institute at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Gustavo Feulien, Marcello

Argentinian baritone Gustavo Feulien was most recently hailed by Opera News: “the sonorous baritone Feulien cut a terrifying figure as a wolfish, analytical Scarpia.” This season he sang Payador in Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires with Opera San Antonio, a role that he recently performed at the Theatro Municipal de São Paolo and with the Atlanta Opera. Feulien also performed as Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles at the Teatro Colón in Argentina. With New York City Opera he sang Silvio in Pagliacci and Marcello in La Bohème in the Bryant Park Summer Series. Signature roles performed in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America include Scarpia (Tosca), Silvio (Pagliacci), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Marcello (La Bohème), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore), Escamillo (Carmen), Herald (Lohengrin), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), title roles in Don Giovanni and Rigoletto, as well as Russian repertoire such as Eugene Onegin and Robert in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, among others.

Joseph Rescigno, Conductor

Joseph Rescigno has conducted music spanning from Bach through the modern era for companies on four continents. Permanent engagements have included the Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee, WI, where he served as Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor for 38 seasons beginning in 1981. He has also been Music Director of La Musica Lirica since 2005. As a guest, he has mounted the podium of more than 50 companies such as the Montreal Symphony and New York City Opera (debut 1985). Maestro Rescigno’s discography includes two operatic world premieres and studio recordings of operatic and symphonic works. The University of North Texas Press published his Conducting Opera: Where Theater Meets Music in 2020. A native New Yorker, Joseph Rescigno comes from a long line of musicians on both sides of his family. He trained as a pianist and has studied and performed music since childhood. 

Gregory Turay, Rodolfo

Gregory Turay is thrilled to return to New York City Opera and excited to make his Bryant Park debut in the role of Rodolfo. Mr. Turay has performed at leading opera houses throughout the world including The Metropolitan Opera, The New National Theatre of Tokyo, English National Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Netherlands Opera, Wroclaw Opera in Poland, Opera Bordeaux, San Francisco Opera, Boston Lyric, Palm Beach Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Seattle Opera. He can be seen on DVD in The Merry Widow with San Francisco Opera and heard on CD in William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge, singing Rodolfo, a role he created. Mr. Turay has appeared in concert with St. Louis Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, Ravinia Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Spoleto, Salzburg, and numerous others. He has sung with conductors such as James Levine, Seji Osawa, and with John Williams at the 2006 Kennedy Center Awards in Washington D.C. He has won awards from numerous prestigious organizations including The Young Concert Artists, The Metropolitan Opera National Council, the Catherine Pope Foundation, and the Richard Gaddes Award with St. Louis Opera. In 2000, Mr. Turay was awarded one of the industry’s highest honors when he was named the Richard Tucker Award recipient.

Elizaveta Ulakhovich, Musetta

Elizaveta Ulakhovich (soprano) Was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She attended the Music College N.A.Rimsky-Korsakov and the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. She was a member of the 2017 class of the People's Artist of the RSFSR E.S. Gorokhovskaya, where she graduated Summa cum Laude. She then joined the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia as a Young Artist under the direction of Honored Art Worker D.Vdovin. During this program, Elizaveta won several awards, including Third Prize in the 9th International Competition S.Monyushko "Ubelskaya swallow” in Minsk, Belarus, and a special award in the 32nd international competition "Ismaele Voltolini" in Buscoldo, Italy. At the Bolshoi, Elizaveta was involved in the world premiere productions of the mono-opera Cormorant, Samson and Delilah based on Elena Skulskaya’s novel, and in Tallinn and M. Weinberg's opera Idiot. Samson and Delilah was broadcast on Estonian national radio and television. She also performed more than 100 concerts on many Russian stages, including the Bolshoi Theatre’s Beethoven Hall and St. Petersburg’s Philharmonic Hall. Since moving to New York, Elizaveta has competed in several competitions: she was the Third Prize winner of the 2019 Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, a finalist in the “Getting to Carnegie” competition, and she was given a special award at the Opera at Florham competition. In 2020, Elizaveta signed a contract with Lombardo Associates Artist Management. In 2021 she sang Metella in Handel’s Silla for Chicago Summer Opera. This year she made her debut with the New Amsterdam Opera covering the title role in Lucrezia Borgia. Elizaveta made her New York City Opera debut in the summer of 2022 and was the soprano soloist in the U.S. premiere of Lera Auerbach’s Symphony No. 6: Vessels of Light at Carnegie Hall in April. She is very thankful for her voice teacher Michael Paul, her many artistic mentors, and her family for all of their support.

Watch New York City Opera's La Bohème live on Thursday, June 1 at 7pm

Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America is a free outdoor festival that welcomes all New Yorkers to experience the city’s vibrant arts and culture. The series provides a platform for extraordinary artists and serves as a vital outdoor venue for a wide array of New York’s cultural institutions.

On the Lawn

Bring your own picnic or purchase food and drinks from tents on the east side of the lawn. Attendees can enjoy cuisine from the five boroughs with a rotating line-up of artisanal vendors curated by Hester Street Fair.

Stout NYC also offers giant pretzels, gourmet popcorn and other light bites as well as a selection of beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

Bryant Park lends out hundreds of free blankets on a first-come, first-served basis, or bring your own cotton or fleece blanket. To protect the lawn, please do not sit on waterproof materials such as plastic tarps, yoga mats, or inflatable chairs. 

Take a seat in one of the pre-set chairs on the lawn or grab a chair from the gravel. You can use a chair anywhere in the park except for the center lawn "blanket zone". 

Find a parachute, giant Jenga, and more fun on the east side of the lawn at select events. 

We love dogs, but dog urine can leave the lawn with bald spots. Dogs are welcome on the gravel and bluestone, but please do not bring dogs on the lawn. 

Performances are cancelled when it is unsafe to be outdoors. In some cases, the lawn may be too wet to open but the performance may continue. Follow @bryantparknyc on Twitter and Instagram for day-of event updates. You can also check the lawn status on the homepage.