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La Bohème

October 3, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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One event on October 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm

One event on October 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm

One event on October 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm


La Bohème

Italian Opera

St. George Opera Proudly Presents La bohème—The Perfect Opera for First-Timers and Longtimers—at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta in Ivins October 3, 5, and 11.

***Please be aware that, due to a website issue, we are unable to remove the dinner ticket option for the October 11th performance of La bohème. Dinner by Chef Alfredo’s will NOT be served on the 11th. Art in Kayenta festival food vendors will be open during the day, and Xetava Gardens Café will be open until 8pm.***

Dinner by Chef Alfredo’s Ristorante Italiano is available for purchase on October 3rd and 5th only, and will be served at 5:30pm.

If you’ve never been to a live opera performance, you may wonder what all the fuss is about. If you’re curious, then David Sauer, General Director of St. George Opera and opera tenor advises: “La bohème is definitely the first opera you should see.” Why? “Because,” he says, “La bohème shows off what opera is all about: passion, expressed through moving melodies, a compelling story, striking costumes and dazzling sets. The music of La bohème is some of the most beautiful and famous ever written and the plot is captivating. Opera as an art form was created to show off the very best in humans’ creative achievements.”

In the 21st century, opera’s base of raving fans has grown, thanks in part to the Broadway hit musical Rent, which is based on La bohème. But as far as which version of La bohème to see, Sauer recommends you see the performances coming to Kayenta in October for two reasons: first, the performers. “We have a cast of world-class performers in our production whose vocal and stage talents are extraordinary.” Second, he says, “It’s the venue. I can’t overstate how the intimate black box theater heightens the experience. Audiences get to see the subtleties and nuances of facial expressions, gestures…details you wouldn’t be able to see in a large theater. It’s like watching a live movie.”

Are opera fans on to something? Come to La bohème and find out. Tickets are selling for a fraction of what the show costs to produce and, says Sauer, “You may just have one of the best nights of your life.”


Puccini’s famous four-act Italian opera plays out the tragic love affair between the poor poet Rodolfo and an equally poor seamstress, Mimi, in the Latin Quarter of 19th century Paris. Along the way, their story becomes hilariously and dramatically intertwined with their group of friends—neighbors, artistic roommates, lovers, etc. (Note: Subtitles will be provided on screen.)


Tenor David Sauer (Rodolfo, a poet) has drawn praise from the New York Times, Opera News, Salt Lake Tribune and others for his ‘handsome voice’ and ‘striking performance and vocal refinement.’

Soprano Kathryn Grumley (Mimi, a seamstress) has been praised by the Grunion Gazette for her ability to sing “beautifully and with impressive musicality.” South Florida Classical Review recognized her ability to “dominate the stage, owning every scene from the rise of the curtain.” She was awarded First Place in the Artist Division of the National Opera Association’s Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Vocal Competition, 2019.

Baritone Christopher Clayton (Marcello, a painter) is a rising talent on the operatic stage. Among his recent roles are Alvaro in Florencia en el Amazonas, Friedrich Baer in Adamo’s Little Women with Utah Opera, Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore with St. Petersburg Opera, and Germont in La Traviata.

Soprano Michelle Pedersen (Musetta) has been praised for her full voice and dramatic ability. Earlier this year she played Mimi in La bohème with the American West Symphony and as Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites with Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble.

Among bass Tyrell Wilde’s (Colline, a philosopher) numerous awards are BYU Singer of the Year, first place, Cal-West NATS Regional Competition and second place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.

Baritone Gregory R. Watts (Benoit and Alcindoro) has sung with Utah Opera, Lyrical Opera Theater, The American West Symphony, High Desert Opera, Grand Junction Symphony, the Orchestra of Southern Utah and the Sacramento Messiah Society.

Baritone Stephen Pace (Schaunard, a musician) began his vocal studies at Brigham Young University where he performed the title role in Don Giovanni, Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, Luiz in The Gondoliers, Schlemil and Crespel in Les contes d’Hoffmann and Antonio in W.A. Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Pace has performed many roles in his career, among them as a vocal soloist with Ballet West’s productions of Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs and Francis Poulenc’s Les Biches in 2009.

Director Robert Breault’s international career has taken him across the U.S. and all over Europe. Currently the Director of Opera at the University of Utah, he brings his acclaimed staging of La bohème that was last seen in Italy in 2017 to Southern Utah for the first time.

Music Director Rebecca Pacheco has been a featured producer, pianist and composer on multiple albums that have reached #1 in the Billboard Classical Crossover category. In past seasons, Ms. Pacheco has been a conductor, assistant, principal coach and pianist for some of the most respected music companies in the country including The Metropolitan Opera National Council and Main Stage Auditions, The Dallas Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Palm Beach Opera, Utah Symphony & Opera, Ballet West, The Curtis Institute of Music, Opera Delaware, Utah Festival Opera, Utah Lyric Opera and Opera Idaho.

October 3 and 5—Dine at Kayenta before the show on a delicious two-course Italian meal!

Come early on the first two nights of the performance and enjoy a delicious two-course Italian meal courtesy of Chef Alfredo’s Ristorante Italiano, with wine available for purchase. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm on the Outdoor Plaza.* Dinner will not be served October 11; however, the concurrent Art In Kayenta Festival will have a wine and beer garden and food for sale before 6pm.

October 3rd menu:

Romaine lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese, with Caesar dressing.

Pollo Carciofi
Sautéed chicken breast with fresh mushrooms, shallots, & marsala wine sauce. Served with vegetables.

Spaghetti & Meatballs
Classic Italian meatballs & marinara sauce

Fettuccine Primavera
Gluten free & vegan pasta with fresh vegetables, garlic, & herbs, tossed in olive oil & parmesan cheese.

October 5th menu:

Della Casa
Mixed lettuce, cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, croutons, with Italian dressing.

Pollo Milanese
Breaded chicken breast, with shallots, garlic, & lemon white wine sauce. Served with risotto.

Ravioli Tre Formaggi
Homemade raviolis filled with a blend of three cheeses, served in a creamy rose sauce.

Fettuccine Primavera
Gluten free & vegan pasta with fresh vegetables, garlic, & herbs, tossed in olive oil & parmesan cheese.

*In case of inclement weather, dinner will be served in the Lorberbaum-Stahl studio adjacent to the theatre.

Event Details:

Dates/Times: 7:30pm, Thursday, October 3rd, Saturday the 5th, and Friday the 11th

Time: Opera: 7:30pm; dinner 5:30–7pm

Cost: Opera: $30 ($10 for students); dinner: $25 Get $5 off when you purchase two tickets to both ($110 total)! Select “Dinner and a show” option on the dropdown ticketing menu.



October 3, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Center for the Arts at Kayenta
881 Coyote Gulch Court
Ivins, UT 84738
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