San Diego Opera has announced that it will present a live drive-in performance of “La Bohème” on Oct. 24, 2020.
The showcase will take place at the Pechanga Arena San Diego Parking Lot and will star soprano Angel Joy Blue alongside Joshua Guerrero. Other cast members include Andrea Carroll, Alexander Elliot, Robert Mellon (in his company debut), Scott Sikon, and Colin Ramsey. The Puccini opera will be presented in a revised 90-minute version directed by Keturah Stickann.
Audience members will remain in their cars for the duration of the performance and social distancing protocols will be enforced if any attendee were to leave their vehicle. Screens will be placed around the space to enhance viewing abilities and the performance can be heard via FM radio.
“Since the onset of COVID-19, we’ve been working diligently to find ways to bring live performances to San Diego while preserving the health and safety of our audiences, employees, and audiences. After attending Mainly Mozart’s successful drive-in concerts this summer, I knew this drive-in format would work well for us, and allow our audiences to enjoy live performances and a communal experience in a safe environment,” said San Diego Opera General Director David Bennett in a press release.
The performance is made possible in part by the generous support of Darlene Marcos Shiley.