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La bohème G. Puccini


Mobile Opera’s 72nd Season

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obile Opera continues to surprise me. Each production grows in complexity and every season meets more challenges with versatility, creativity, and an energy that is inspiring. For Stacey Driskell, Deaven Elliott, and myself, I want to say ‘thank you’ to the officers and directors and the many others who encourage and assist us in bringing about fine art and education. I also want to thank those just named and the many, many people who have come together to tackle the enormous task of creating this magnificent version of La boheme. You are about to see and hear why this is one of the most popular operas ever written. We often say that Mobile Opera is the oldest arts organization in Alabama and the 12th oldest opera company in the nation. However, the distinction is not just in surviving to old age. The greatness of this institution is in the long history of support provided by this community. Mobile Opera survives and thrives because of you. Your presence, your contributions, suggestions, encouragement, and support make it worthwhile and that makes it possible to be a cultural force for Mobile and the Central Gulf Coast. I am proud of what Mobile Opera stands for and what it does for our community. I hope that you feel the same pride in your opera company and that you will continue your support with a contribution to Mobile Opera. Thank you for being here.

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elcome to Mobile Opera! I thank you for being with us for this extraodinary performance of La boheme by Puccini.

I encourage each of you to become involved with what is happening at Mobile Opera. Your attendance, financial support and time as an opera volunteer are critical to the growth and development of our organization’s quality productions and excellent education programs. Our board Bruce Earnest focus for 2018 will be: President ◆Continued artistic excellence in all events and performances; ◆Continue the success we have seen in a balanced budget; ◆Develop a planned giving campaign to assure Mobile Opera’s future; ◆Expand audience development activities for the future of opera in Mobile; ◆To aggressively revitalize our board by creating a sense of community If you would be interested in partnering with us in any way, I would be eager to speak with you. Please call me at (605) 670-8180 at any time so we can talk about the future of Mobile Opera! Executive Board Bruce Earnest, President Laureen Lynn, Vice-President* Charmein Moser, Treasurer Leslie Suffich, Secretary R. Terry Hartley, Immediate Past President

Directors Sheryl Bates Lynda Carroll, PhD Sorina S. Christian Finn Cox Martin Flechsenhar Joe Gerard* Duane A. Graham* Jean Harper Ann Hearin Brigitte Kemnade Michael O. Landers Heather Cook Lawton Dr. Christopher McCaghren Arthur Oken Danny K. Patterson

Wade B. Perry, Jr.* John Strope Celia Wallace Douglas Whitmore Darrel Williams Jane Williamson Michael Zoghby Honorary Directors Beverly Corte* Spencer C. Frost, III * David Gardberg* J. Russsell Goodloe, DMD * Theodore Greenspan* John Hafner* Jimmie Hatcher*

J. B. Horst* Earl G. Jackson* F. Michael Johnson* L. Keville Larson* John N. Leach* Christopher L. Lee* William C. Regan, Jr.* James T. Robson* Stephen V. Russell* Ronald Snider* Lewis Wilder Katherine Willson* Forrest C. Wilson *Past President

La bohème

Music by Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Conductor: Bernard McDonald Stage Director: Scott Skiba Costumes: Mobile Opera Costume Guild Lighting Design: John Bridges for ShowBiz Lighting Scenic Design: Scott Wright and Rebeca Lake Properties Master: Albert “Ski” Lopuhovsky Rehearsal Pianist: Eric Andries Chorus Master: Laura Moore Makeup Design: Lisa Davis Production Stage Manager: James Boykin Assistant Production Stage Manager: Marlee Stevison MIMÌ........................................................................................Angel Azzarra* RODOLFO.....................................................................Christopher Nelson* MARCELLO....................................................................Gregory Gerbrandt* MUSETTA.................................................................................Darla Earnest* SCHAUNARD...........................................................................André Chiang COLLINE..................................................................................Patrick Jacobs BENOIT/ALCINDORO........................................................Thomas Rowell PARPIGNOL................................................................................Cris Sanchez CUSTOMS OFFICER...............................................................Justin Gibson SERGEANT...............................................................................Joseph O’Shea TOWNSPEOPLE, CHILDREN AND SERVANTS..................................... Mobile Opera Chorus, Mobile Singing Children and Supernumeraries * Mobile Opera Debut

synopsis La bohème is one of opera’s most popular and unforgettable stories. When young poet Rodolfo meets seamstress Mimì, it is love at first sight. Will the cruel realities of poverty and ill health, cause the flame that burns between them to flicker and die or will the timeless strength of their youthful passion withstand every trial that life brings them?

that her shoe is pinching, she despatches Alcindoro to the cobbler and throws herself at Marcello who succumbs rather easily. A parade in the distance attracts the attention of the group and everyone rushes off to join the fun. Alcindoro returns with the shoe just in time for the waiter to present him with the bill for the entire party.

Act I:

Act III:

Christmas Eve. Marcello, a painter, is trying to work in the extremely cold attic apartment he shares with Rodolfo, a writer. Rodolfo is keeping them warm by burning the manuscript of his play when their friends arrive: Colline, a philosopher and Schaunard, a musician, arrive, in high spirits having unexpectedly acquired a little money. They decide to celebrate just as their landlord Benoit arrives, demanding rent. They manage to thwart Benoit and set off to Café Momus. Rodolfo stays behind to finish writing an article when Mimì, a neighbour, knocks on his door. Her candle has gone out. Mimì is feeling weak, and she faints, dropping her key. Rodolfo helps her search, and in the darkness, their hands touch.

Act II:

Café Momus is bustling with people full of Christmas cheer as Rodolfo and Mimì join the friends. Marcello is upset when his old flame, Musetta, walks by on the arm of the wealthy, older Alcindoro. Marcello decides to ignore her and Musetta accepts that as a challenge. Pretending

February. Mimì asks Marcello to intervene with Rodolfo whose jealousy has made their life together impossible. She overhears the men talking about her and learns that Rodolfo believes that his poverty is preventing her from getting the medical help necessary to overcome her illness. Marcello and Musetta quarrel while Rodolfo and Mimì confront the necessity of separation.

Act IV: Later in the Spring, Marcello and Rodolfo are trying to work but thoughts of their lovers distract them. Schaunard and Colline have scrounged a little food and the four friends pretend they are having a feast with dancing. They are interrupted by Musetta with the news that Mimì is dying and wants to be with Rodolfo. The friends do what they can but it is too late to save her.

Artist Profiles

ERIC ANDRIES Rehearsal Accompanist



Eric Andries, rehearsal accompanist, is pleased to be returning to Mobile Opera where he has accompanied several productions, including The Crucible, The Merry Widow, Tosca, Don Pasquale and more. He has a wide range of musical experience in several genres. He has been the rehearsal pianist for several opera companies, including Des Moines, Amarillo, Omaha, Hidden Valley Ensemble, Shreveport, Mobile, Syracuse, Indianapolis, and the Ashlawn Music Festival. Eric is an avid jazz pianist who has worked with Princess Cruise Line. He was the keyboardist/arranger for a salsa music group that was featured at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. A native of Baton Rouge, he holds degrees from LSU in piano performance and has studied in France and Austria.

Soprano, Angel Azzarra, studied voice at Southern Miss and earned her master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music as the sole full scholarship voice student. She is a soughtafter chamber musician and interpreter of obscure works, recently performing Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 at the Heifetz International Institute of Music. Her reputation as a Rachmaninoff interpreter continues to expand with recent performances in Peru. Her operatic roles have been listed in the New York Times as “The Best Classical Music of 2016.” Recent engagements include George Crumb’s Three Early Songs, Sibelius’ Op. 70 Luonnotar at Miller Hall in New York City, and a New York premiere of Conrad Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons as Madame de Volanges. Opera credits include Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), as well as concert excerpts of Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Semiramide (Semiramide), and Violetta (La Traviata). She has performed with the Franz Schubert Institute, Natchez Festival of Music, Midwest Institute of Opera, Opera Festival di Roma, and International Performing Arts Institute of Germany. Ms. Azzarra was a national finalist in the Rose Palmai-Tenser competition.

Touted by the Oregonian as “vocally commanding” baritone André Chiang brings his lyrical voice to repertoire spanning from Handel to Glass. Mr. Chiang’s recent engagements include returns to Virginia Opera as Fiorello/Officer (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Opera Birmingham as Belcore (L’elisir d’amore). Previous credits include Young Galileo/Salviati (Galileo Galilei), Argante (Rinaldo), Falke (Die Fledermaus), and Ford (Falstaff) with Portland Opera; Anthony Hope (Sweeney Todd) with Virginia Opera; Masetto (Don Giovanni), El Gallo (The Fantasticks), Morales/ Le Dancaïre (Carmen) and Motorcycle Cop/Guard 1 (Dead Man Walking) with Shreveport Opera; Marco (Gianni Schicchi) with Mobile Opera; and Lancelot in the Young Artist Matinee of Camelot at the Glimmerglass Festival. Competition honors include the winner of the 59th NFMC 2017 Biennial Young Artist Award and the 45th NATS Artist Awards Competition. Upcoming engagements include St. Paul in Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, Charlie in Three Decembers with Painted Sky Opera, and Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Louisiana Opera.

DARLA EARNEST Musetta Ms. Earnest has a diverse singing career including the acclaimed “Voices of Liberty” at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT. She has sung numerous opera and musical theatre roles in the US and Germany including: Liú in Turandot, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Blonda in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Gretel in Hansel & Gretel, Ms. Southingham in a modern adaptation of Mozart’s Impresario, Nella in Gianni, Drusilla in The Coronation of Poppea, Grace Farrell in Annie, Laura in the world premiere of Parable, the Soprano role in Trouble in Tahiti, Lead Role in Nightclub Cantata, Anna in The King and I, and The Sound of Music’s Maria. Concert works include Soprano Soloist in the Brahms Requiem, various Rodgers and Hammerstein tributes, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Bach’s Jesu, Meine Freude, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen. Ms. Earnest studied with famed soprano Dr. Barbara Daniels and collaborated with conductors David Gier, Paul Nadler, Anton Coppola, Carlos Barrena and Jurgen Doetsch. Her voice students can be seen performing opera, musical theater, pop and jazz; in touring productions of musicals as well as in opera houses,

conservatories, universities, young artist programs, theme parks and cruise ships around the globe. Darla has served on the voice faculties of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater/ Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding (Conservatory for Music and Theater/Bavarian Theater Academy) and in the Prinzregententheater in Munich, Germany. She is currently adjunct Professor at the University of Mobile teaching Musical Theatre and Classical Vocal Technique and is Director of Music at Bayshore Christian School.

Artist Profiles

lead role in new productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Silent Night, Glory Denied, Mansfield Park, and Judgment of Midas, the latter of which was recorded and released in 2015 on Albany Records. By contrast, Gerbrandt is in high demand to perform the prominent standards of the Italian, French, English, and Russian repertoire. The lead baritone in La bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Le nozze di Figaro, L’elisir d’amore, and Faust, as well as the title roles of Don Giovanni, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Eugene Onegin are just a sampling of his performed repertoire with Cairo Opera (Egypt), Teatro Nacional Sucre, Teatro Sanchez Aguilar (both of South America), Opera Colorado, Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera Santa Barbara, Nashville Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Saratoga, Central City Opera, and the Utah Festival Opera.

GREGORY GERBRANDT Marcello For nearly 20 years, baritone Gregory Gerbrandt has been a full-time independent contractor and professional singer/performer in the disciplines of Opera, Musical Theatre, and Symphony, garnering critical acclaim around the globe. He has negotiated his own contracts with top organizations on five continents, collaborating with colleagues and company heads of all ages and from widely diverse backgrounds. Gerbrandt has performed over 70 principal roles with over 60 professional organizations and has sung for ambassadors and other government officials from all over the world. Gerbrandt has created the lead baritone in five World Premieres. He is frequently asked to sing contemporary opera and has performed most recently the

PATRICK JACOBS Colline Dr. Patrick Jacobs is an established veteran of hundreds of performances in opera and musical theater. He excels as an actor and singer “with a smooth baritone and a special talent for shifting from comedy to darker mischief.” Born in Louisiana, Dr. Jacobs attended Loyola University in New Orleans, and The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Artist Profiles before he finished his education in New York at SUNY Stony Brook. He is a two-time Metropolitan Opera regional finalist and winner of the Orpheus National Vocal Competition, Dr. Jacobs has performed principal roles with opera companies throughout the United States, including: New Orleans Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Fresno Grand Opera, and many others. He is a featured soloist on the debut opera recordings of Hangman, Hangman! and The Town of Greed by Leonardo Balada on the Naxos recording label. As a stage director, Dr. Jacobs has worked with the University of Mobile, the International Performing Arts Institute (Kiefersfelden, Germany), LOOK Musical Theater (Tulsa, OK), and the Joe Jefferson Players (Mobile, AL). In June of 2018, he will direct Ragtime for the Joe Jefferson Players. Recent singing engagements include Simone in Gianni Schicchi with Mobile Opera, Baron Gondremarck in La Vie Parisienne with First Coast Opera, George Benton in Dead Man Walking with Pensacola Opera, as well as solos in Handel’s Messiah with Choral Society of Pensacola and a concert of contemporary art song with Crescent Chamber Artists in New Orleans. Engagements for the 2017-18 season include Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte and Colline in La Bohème with Mobile Opera, solos in Messiah with the New Orleans Symphony Chorus, and Bach’s Wachet auf, BWV 140 and Mozart’s Requiem at Christ Church Cathedral (Mobile, AL). Dr. Jacobs is the Director of Vocal Studies and Opera at the University of Mobile and the Classic Worship Leader and Choir Director at Saraland United Methodist Church. He lives in Saraland, Alabama with his wife, Stephanie, and their two children, Samuel and Allison.


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Bernard McDonald’s upcoming and recent engagements as conductor include: Opera Kelowna, British Columbia; Opera Theater of Pittsburgh; the Pittsburgh Opera; Bay View Music Festival, Michigan; the Dutch National Opera Academy; and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD). Also a pianist, he garnered wide-ranging experience as a vocal coach, conductor, and chorus master with major opera companies in America, Europe and the Far East. His debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, was on piano, in recital with mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson and tenor John Aler. Professional training at the Merola Program of the San Francisco Opera led directly to an invitation to join the music staff of the New York City Opera. He was subsequently Head of Music and Chorus Master at the Florida Grand Opera in Miami. As Chorus Master of Glyndebourne, he prepared over twenty-five productions to great critical acclaim for a host of internationally renowned conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Mackerras, and Vladimir Jurowski. He has also worked with, among others, the Aspen Music Festival and

School, the New National Theatre Tokyo, the Netherlands Opera, the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, and the Central Iowa Symphony. He has been on the faculty of the RSAMD and CCM. A native of Scotland, his studies include piano performance at the RSAMD; opera at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM); musicology at the University of Glasgow; and a doctorate in conducting from Indiana University. He is currently the G. Dewey and M. Maine Larsen Chair in Opera at Simpson College.

CHRISTOPHER NELSON Rodolfo Tenor, Christopher Nelson is making is debut as Rodolfo in La boheme as well as his main stage debut with Mobile Opera. In 2017, Christopher joined Opera on the James as Bardolpho in Falstaff, Mississippi Opera as Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, Opera North as Menelas in La Belle Helene, Pinkerton (cover) in Madama Butterfly and New York Opera Collaborative and Midatlantic Opera as Alfredo in La Traviata. Past engagements include Fredric in Pirates of Penzance with Nashville Opera, Don José in Carmen with Natchez Festival Of Music, Don Ottovio in Don Giovanni with Regina Opera,

Artist Profiles Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amor, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Joe Cable in South Pacific and Lun Tha in The King and I. Christopher was an Apprentice Artist with The Ohio Light Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Opera Santa Barbara.

Gondoliers, perform the tenor solos in Bach’s Magnificat with Northwest Florida Symphony in May, and will create the role of John C. Calhoun in George Mabry’s An Elegant Obsession in early September. Rowell also appears regularly with musical arts organizations along the Gulf Coast, including Mobile Symphony, Northwest Florida Symphony, Pensacola Opera, Choral Society of Pensacola, Mobile Pops, and Baldwin Pops, and is also the conductor of Bella Voce, Mobile’s premier women’s chorus. Dr. Rowell is the Area Coordinator for Vocal Studies and the Director of Opera Theatre at the University of South Alabama.

THOMAS ROWELL Benoit/Alcindoro Thomas Rowell began his affiliation with Mobile Opera as Chorus Master for the 2004 production of The Mikado. Since then, he has appeared in more than twenty-five productions with the company, including roles in The Crucible, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Tosca, Turandot, La Fanciulla del West; KoKo in The Mikado; Goro in Madama Butterfly; Schmidt in Werther; Edmondo, the Dancing Master, and the Lamplighter in Manon Lescaut, Beppe in Pagliacci; Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, and most recently as Mr. Scratch in The Devil and Daniel Webster. Last spring he appeared as Goro in First Coast Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly, as Father Grenville in Pensacola Opera’s production of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and stage directed Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne at the University of South Alabama. He will direct USA Opera Theatre’s upcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The

SCOTT SKIBA Stage Director Scott Skiba is Executive Artistic Director of Cleveland Opera Theater where he has directed: Le nozze di Figaro, La Bohème, Tosca, La Rondine, Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro, and Pagliacci. A proponent of new opera, Scott’s initiatives helped launch the {NOW} Festival - Cleveland Opera Theater’s annual event to create, develop, and produce new opera, which is developing an opera based on Garcia Lorca’s final play, The House of Bernarda Alba, with Caridad Svich (libretto) Griffin Candey (composer) and the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. Upcoming directing engagements

include: Macbeth (Opera Tampa), Madama Butterfly (Cleveland Opera Theater), Faust (Natchez Festival of Music), and Roméo et Juliette (Pensacola Opera). Recent engagements include: The Student Prince (Opera Grand Rapids), Carmen (Opera Western Reserve), Suor Angelica (Mobile Opera), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Natchez Festival of Music), and Don Giovanni (Hawaii Performing Arts Festival). Scott’s work includes collaborative ventures in alternative and non-traditional venues that explore intimate contemporary approaches to producing opera, promoting civic engagement and providing gateways to develop new audiences including: the professional premiere of Sweets By Kate (Marble City Opera) performed in Sugar Mama’s Bakery in Downtown Knoxville; The New Opera Project - development and world premiere of Six Micro-Operas in collaboration with Interlochen Arts Academy, Parallel 45 Theatre Company and Inside Out Gallery in Traverse City, Michigan; The iLyric Project - installation of nine different operas in nine different piazze throughout the historic city of Arezzo, Italy in collaboration with the ICASTICA Festival and the city of Arezzo, Italy. An advocate of arts education, Scott is Director of Opera Studies for the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music whose spring 2017 production of Dialogues of the Carmelites won first place in the National Opera Association Collegiate Opera Competition. He has guestdirected productions for Oberlin Conservatory, and The Interlochen Opera Theater, and is currently Assistant Artistic Director for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and Movement and Acting instructor for the Cornish American Song Institute.

mobile opera chorus LAURA MOORE, Chorus Master

Laura Moore is Director of Choral Activities at the University of South Alabama. She received her doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from UNC Greensboro, and the BA from Davidson College. Dr. Moore is active in church music and musical theater, and enjoys coaching singers and accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists. She has served as clinician and adjudicator in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Alabama. As part of the Alabama Ambassadors of Music tour to Europe in 2009 and 2011, Dr. Moore conducted choral concerts in England, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany.

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$1,250-$2,499 Mr. and Mrs. Dan Benton Mr. R.P. Denniston Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Earnest Mr and Mrs. Duane A. Graham Mr. Michael Landers Dr. and Mrs. Christopher McCaghren Mr. and Mrs. Wade B. Perry Dr. and Mrs. Chris Salter Ms. Ann Marie Terry Mr. and Mrs. Michael Zoghby

Verdi Level

$600-$1,249 Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. William Barnhill Mr. Richard F. Veirne, IV Drs. Marion and Lynda Carroll Dr. Lanier Cauley Mr. and Mrs. Finn Cox Mr. Jimmie Duet Mr. and Mrs. Spencer C. Frost, III Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Hungerford Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Moser Dr. and Mrs. Michael O’Dowd Mr. and Mrs. David Pearsall Dr. Allen Perkins Mr. Howard Shramm Mr. Darrel Williams

Donizetti Level

$300-$599 Dr. and Mrs. Steven Alsip Anonymous Ms. Sharee L. Broussard Mr. and Mrs. Tim Corrigan Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Damson Mrs. Fran Danley Stacey and Brian Driskell Ms. Avery Fick Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Friedman Dr. and Mrs. James Glasser Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Grill Jeffery and Sheryl Howard Ms. Cecelia Murphy and Mr. Dave Johnson Mr. and Mrs. James Lyons Mr. and Mrs. Robert Maceluch Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Madonia Mr. and Mrs. Brian Naylor Mr. and Mrs. Robert Omainsky Ms. Plia Dees Preston Ms. Barbara Michell and Mr. Hans Rufer Mr. and Mrs. John Ruggiero Mr. Clayton Ryan Ms. Melissa Safin Dr. and Mrs. Cort B. Schlichting Ms. Anne Shaver William and Patricia Schwieterman Ms. Gloria Taylor Dr. and Mrs. Julio Turrens Mr. Richard Vesely Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Wilson Mr. and Mrs. James Edwin Wright

Rossini Level

$150-$299 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Adamo Mr. and Mrs. Ray Adams Anonymous Mr. Don Bowden Dr. Julia H. Box Mr. and Mrs. Michael Box Ms. Valerie Case Mr. and Mrs. George Chandler Ms. Sorina Christian Mr. William Cutts Garin and Deborah Danner Mr. Clinton Doolittle Mr. and Mrs. Valrey Early

CONTRIBUTORS • Individuals Dr. Maria S. Figarola Dr. and Mrs. Martin Flechsenhar Dr. and Mrs. Jim Glasser Dr. and Mrs. Russell Goodloe Mr. Irvin Grodsky Ms. Jean Harper Mr. and Mrs. JB Horst Dr. John Kessinger Mrs. James Lambert Dr. and Mrs. David Legier, Jr. Mr. Terry Mannion Ms. Kaye Montgomery Mr. and Mrs. Danny Patterson Mr and Mrs. Mike Patton Mr. John Pendergrass Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Russell Mr. Douglas Sinchak Ms. Leslie Suffich Ms. Eileen Susman Ms. Jean Tucker Mr. and Mrs. George Waldron

Mozart Level

$100-$149 Mrs. and Mrs. Ray Adams Anonymous Mr. Kenneth Austin Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baker Ms. Terry Barkin Mr. and Mrs. William Callahan Mr. and Mrs. Edward Davidson Mr. Wendell Eatherly Mr. Lorenzo Franklin Dorothy and Ferrill Gibbs Ms. Therese G. Greer Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hayes Mr. Ralph Holberg, III Richard and Linda Kletecka Ms. Janice McKay Mr. Edward T. Merry, Jr. Mr. Arthur Oken Mr. and Mrs. John Day Peake, Jr. Ms. Lyda H. Prendergrast Mr. John Soderberg Mr. and Mrs. William J. Suffich Ms. Jeanne Sylvester Ms. Rosemary Talbot

Tyler Smith and Betsy Uschkrat Mr. Douglas Whitmore Ms. Mary Jo Zoghby

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Mr. and Mrs. Valrey Early _________________________________

In Memory of Robert Lee Hatcher, III Scott and Sarah Wright

In Memory of Dr. Clifford Pringle Mrs. Ivey Williamson

In Memory of Patricia Rowell Stacey and Brian Driskell Dr. Thomas Rowell Mrs. Ivey Williamson Scott and Sarah Wright

In Memory of Robert H. Sylvester, Sr. Mrs. Ivey Williamson Scott and Sarah Wright

In Memory of Cecelia Williams Ms. Laureen Lynn

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"La bohème" playbill  

Playbill from Mobile Opera's production of "La bohème".

"La bohème" playbill  

Playbill from Mobile Opera's production of "La bohème".