Past Meetup

Feb. 7 "La Boheme" Opera Meetup! Main floor $67(reg, $100)


No event is more upscale or classy than a night at the opera! If you have never experienced the incredible vocal range of opera singers live, or enjoy it but had no one to go with, here is the perfect opportunity for you! The beautiful orchestra music, elaborate sets and lavish costumes all add to the fantastic spectacle. There are subtitles projected above the stage, so you can understand the singing even if it's in a foreign language. The program also has a synopsis of the story, try to read it before the show begins(it won't ruin the surprise, it will help you enjoy it more!)

Whether it's your first opera or you've seen it a hundred times before, Puccini's magical "La Boheme" never fails to cast its entrancing spell.

Golden melodies transport you to Paris's Latin Quarter, where young artists struggle to make ends meet in icy cold garrets. But passions run hot because everyone's in love.

Yearning, ecstasy, and despair—you hear it all in the music! The score so exquisitely conveys the essence of every character that you'll feel like you know each of them personally. You'll laugh as the saucy femme fatale Musetta drives her painter beau mad with jealousy. You'll cheer when the fragile seamstress Mimì(played by Puerto Rican soprano Ana Maria Martinez) and her ardent poet Rodolfo find true bliss in each other's arms. And you'll cry when tragedy strikes and he loses her in the end. Begins at 7:30p, sung in Italian. Running time 2hr 34 min, with intermission.

We were able to get a group rate on the MAIN FLOOR for $67(reg.$100)for Feb 7, 2013 since we got 15 people or more to commit a $25 deposit by Nov 23. The $42 balance will be due Jan. 7, 1 month before the show. We had 3 successful opera Meetups last season(25-43 people each time!), let's make this very special event happen again!

If you did not pay your balance by Jan. 21 you have lost your $25 deposit and your ticket, sorry. Robin T[masked]. Weeknights are more casual, you can come straight from work and have dinner at the nearby Cosi cafe(Washington & Franklin). No need to wear a velvet gown or tux(unless you want to!)

We will meet for an optional light dinner & distribute tickets at Cosi cafe 230 W. Washington @ Franklin(1 block from the opera house) 5:00p-6:15p. Parking across the street at 217 W. Washington is $13 after 3p. Unclaimed tix will be left at Will Call under your name at 6:15p. There is a FREE pre-opera lecture 6:30p-7p to help enhance your appreciation of the show. PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT 7:30P SHARP! IF YOU ARE LATE YOU WILL BE FORCED TO STAND IN THE LOBBY UNTIL INTERMISSION. NO EXCEPTIONS.

If you are making your own dinner plans before the opera rather than coming to Cosi, be aware that a big fancy dinner with heavy food and wine or cocktails is not a good idea. The theater is warm and dark, with relaxing music, and it is VERY easy to fall asleep(I learned the hard way, LOL)

We have had to elbow members at previous operas to wake them up. Avoid alcohol, and have coffee or coke and a chocolate bar after the pre-opera lecture, right before the show(there is a CVS drugstore near Cosi for candy). Also get plenty of rest the night before. Let's enjoy the evening to the fullest!