The boys performing in the opera come from neighborhoods throughout the city and the surrounding suburbs, some as young as 11 years old. They have been attending rehearsals since August, learning to sing in Italian alongside the opera's stars. Last week, they were excited to be fitted for costumes (see picture below). La Bohème is a melodic, heart-warming love story of a shy seamstress and a passionate poet that takes place in a bohemian Paris of the past.
KSB brings together 160 boys between the ages 8 and 18 to sing a wide-ranging repertoire of music from classic to contemporary. Under the direction of Joseph P. Fitzmartin and Steven M. Fisher, KSB has been lauded around the world for their superlative musicianship and engaging stage presence. Recently, KSB made its Broadway debut in a performance of "Oliver!." In 2009, KSB made history as the first choir to perform in Antarctica.
The Keystone State Boychoir is seeking new members for their 2012-13 season. Boys of all experience levels are welcome and encouraged to audition. If you are interested in auditioning, email mplatt (at) keystonestateboychoir.org, call 215-287-3124 or visit our website at http://www.keystonestateboychoir.org.
La Bohème is being performed at the Academy of Music on October 3, 5 and 7 and will be presented in a free, big-screen HD projection of La Bohème on Independence Mall on October 6.
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|Sixteen members of the Keystone State Boychoir pose in costume as they get ready to perform in the Opera Company of Philadelphia's La Bohème at the Academy of Music.|
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