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La Bohème, 2021

Set in current-day New York, this filmed opera re-imagines La Boheme by glorifying rooftops, mattresses, and the grungy, sexy, dirty world of being in your early twenties in the city that never sleeps.

This new interpretation comments upon and highlights the racism and unjust treatment towards the AAPI community during the Covid pandemic.

This film, directed and adapted by Rettmer, was a co-production between Opera Omaha, More than Musical, and Tri-Cities Opera.


Ziwen Xiang // Rodolfo
Bizhou Chang // Mimi

Luis Orozco // Marcello
Larisa Martinez // Musetta
Markel Reed // Schaunard
Hidenori Inoue // Colline
Yi Yang // Alcindoro

Anthony Roth Costanzo // Parpignol

Nene L.A. Shiro // Friend of Parpignol
Jasmin Rice // Friend of Parpignol
Jess Davis // Woman in Chinatown
Benjamin Forester // Motorcycle Stunt Double


Adapted and Directed // Laine Rettmer
Executive Producer // Julia Noulin-Mérat
Conductor and Musical Director // Sean Kelly
Director of Photography // Alice Millar
Editor // Andrea Merkx
Lighting Design // Rome Petersson
Costume Design // Teresa Logan
Sound Supervisor // Mike Flannery
Production Design // Tim Ferro

Associate Director and Visual Effects // Nuozhou Wang
Associate Director and Dramaturg //Bruno Baker
Assistant Director // Charlie Dennis