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A ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ ‘La Boheme’ in Canandaigua

Gerard Floriano has conducted orchestras and choral groups in Vienna, Madrid, Rome, Salzburg, New York’s Carnegie Hall — to name just a few. And so, when he says that Finger Lakes Opera’s production of Puccini’s “La Boheme” this weekend at Canandaigua Academy is on the caliber of any big-city production, he knows of what he speaks.

“Those who have been able to get to our productions have been inspired by the quality … it’s really like going to see a production in New York or Chicago or Los Angeles — and it’s right here in our backyard,” said Floriano, artistic director of Finger Lakes Opera.

A stellar cast of artists, many of whom have performed extensively nationally and worldwide, helps. As does working with stage director Michael Ehrman, a veteran of the Puccini production: This weekend is Ehrman’s 20th “La Boheme.” “He was able to put this together in really short order — in less than three and a half weeks,” Floriano remarked.

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