3 Holiday Set Operas

We are now coming to the end of Hanukkah, with Christmas just around the corner. We’ve selected three holiday set operas for you to check out. Take a look below!


La Boheme (2012); Photo: Robert Millard

La Boheme (2012); Photo: Robert Millard

La Boheme

The first two acts of Giacomo Puccini’s timeless classic take place on Christmas Eve as six impoverished young Bohemians, surviving only on laughter and the promise of love in Belle Époque Paris, spend a memorable night on the town. Revel in the tragic romance this upcoming June, when La Boheme graces the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage (with the delectable Nino Machaidze making her role debut as Mimi), and fall in love with the beautiful snowy moment at the end of the third act.


 Jules Massenet’s Werther begins with a widowed Bailiff teaching his six youngest children a Christmas carol. What follows is the love triangle between Werther, Charlotte and her husband, Albert. It all comes to a head on Christmas Eve to the sound of Christmas Carols once more.

Judas Maccabaeus

George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabeus tells the story of the victorious Jewish leader who liberated and reconsecrated the Temple of Jerusalem, an event celebrated on the eight nights and days of Hanukkah. Set between 167 and 160 BCE, it follows the leader of the Maccabean Revolt as he stands up against the Seleucid Empire in an effort to restore the Jewish faith. We presented a staged production of Judas Maccabaeus in 2008 through our Cathedral Project.

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