Julie Adams sings Mimí in San Francisco Opera’s La Bohéme

La Bohéme has always been on of my favorite operas because I’m in LOVE with the Broadway production Rent! Did you know that Rent was based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera?? Yes, there are a few differences (okay, maybe a lot) but Jonathan Larson created Rent because he wanted to update the setting and story of a classic opera to modern day times, which I can definitely get behind. Both stories focus on the difficulties of living in poverty and the dangers of a life lived away from conventional standards. Another major similarity is the famous scene when Mimí knocks on the door of her neighbor and asks him to light her candle. Such a great moment!

Earlier this year I went backstage to get a hair and makeup tutorial on how to look like Mimí. And recently I got to sit down with Julie Adams who is performing Mimí in San Francisco Opera’s production of La Boheme this summer! Julie has such a beautiful spirit and her voice is plush with expression and rich with passion. It’s like she was made for this role! Check some clips of of our interview here:

5 Fun Facts about Soprano, Julie Adams

1. When did you start singing opera?

I started when I was 18 years old but I grew up singing pop and musical theater because I originally wanted to be a Broadway singer. It wasn’t until later in high school that I discovered classical music was the perfect fit for my voice. After that, I never looked back!

2. What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t singing opera?

I love trying new restaurants around San Francisco with my friends. There are so many great hidden gems here and the food is fantastic!

3. Have you ever messed up on stage and how did you recover?

Yes! There was a pretty hard scene in The Makropulos Case (the music is in Czech!) where I need the prompter to help me with some cues but when I looked down for him, he was gone! The music went by and I had forgotten my line. Luckily my counterpart kept going. My adrenaline kicked in and I was able to catch back up! It’s in these moments where you really just have to lock eyes with the conductor and they will help you get back on the right track.

4. What piece of advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Trust in yourself. When you trust in yourself and be true to who you are, you can do anything you put your mind to.

5. What are you working on after your performances as Mimí?

This fall I’m going to perform in the Marriage of Figaro as the Countess with the Michigan Opera Theatre! I’m very excited because it’s my first time to sing this role.

To see Julie Adams perform as Mimí in the San Francisco Opera’s production of La Boheme on June 20 & 25, 2017, click here.

To find out more about Julie Adams, click here.

To see more behind the scenes stories from Red Curtain Addict, click here!

A Night to Remember – The SF Opera BRAVO! CLUB Gala

This year I had the honor to co-chair the San Francisco Opera BRAVO! CLUB Gala. BRAVO! CLUB is a community for young professionals from ages 21-40 to discover, learn, enjoy and support the San Francisco Opera. This year I wanted our guests to walk away with one of the best memories they’ve had at the opera and I think we achieved it!

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The evening started off with a walk on the red carpet! This year I decided to go all out by wearing a custom made gown by JAKE, a local San Francisco clothing brand that specializes in classic/modern styles with a defiant twist. I honestly wish I could wear this gown every day! To see how it was made, click here.

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Before the performance BRAVO! CLUB guests gathered at the outdoor terrace for a glass of wine or champagne along with bites from Patina. We served truffle popcorn, vegetable skewers, and meatballs.

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The opening night performance of the season was Andrea Chenier, a passionate tale of liberty and love in the French Revolution. To carry out the french theme into the after party, we decided to decorate with pastel colors and french decor in the Green Room, next door to the opera house. The venue was filled with chic lounge furniture, modern decorations, and tons of chandeliers. Scroll down to see some of my favorite video clips of the evening…!

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There were tables and tables of french food and desserts along with a cigar and whiskey lounge that offered complimentary hand rolled cigars. Did I mention they had custom San Francisco Opera labels on them??

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The room was filled with 300 young professionals that share the same passion and love for opera in the Bay Area. Our DJ turned the tables while he played the trumpet and the drinks and laughter kept pouring all night long. You couldn’t help but take a look around you and say “this is a night I’ll never forget”.

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To find out more about the San Francisco Opera BRAVO! CLUB, click here.

To find tickets to the San Francisco Opera, click here.

Photos by Jade Studio Productions