May 2008, Volume 12, Number 5

Alumni News

Alumna Shines in La Bohème Performance


A standard of the contemporary operatic repertoire, La bohème is one of Giacomo Puccini’s most famous works. Without doubt, it is his most performed opera, and many would argue, his most beloved.

Though it premiered in 1896, the opera’s poignant, universal story translates well to modern audiences. It served as the emotional and dramatic musical canvas for the film Moonstruck and more recently, inspired the hit Broadway show Rent.

The Florida Grand Opera’s production stars Miami Dade College alumna Elizabeth Caballero as Mimi, one of a group of starving artists barely surviving in 19th century Paris. Through smiles and tears, this enchanting tale of love, friendship and heartbreak in the city’s bohemian Latin Quarter mesmerizes.

Caballero began voice training at the College when she was 19 years old. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in voice performance from the University of Miami. She auditioned and joined the chorus of the Florida Grand Opera after a year of collecting tickets in the box office.

Since her debut, Caballero has been thrilling audiences with her fearless and commanding portrayals of lyric soprano roles. She has been called “a powerful diva in the making,” by the San Francisco Chronicle, “a major talent,” by The Miami Herald and was lauded by critic Steven Smith of The New York Times for providing a “show-stopping performance” and “offering a thrilling balance of pearly tone, exacting technique and brazen physicality.”

La bohème runs through May 4 at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

— Katherine Adjemian

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