Experience La Bohème

This romantic masterpiece by Giacomo Puccini is both one of the world’s great love stories and one of the most beloved operas of all time.
Set among the bustle of 19th century Paris, six impoverished bohemians and young artists struggle to make ends meet while falling in and out love—ultimately bonding together in the face of tragedy. The timelessness of La Bohème resonates just as deeply with contemporary audiences as it did at its premiere in 1896.

Experience La Bohème 360◦ Interactive Opera Virtual Reality Experience

Experience La Bohème is a collaborative endeavor with Opera Colorado, Hypercube and the University of Colorado Denver, including students and faculty from the Digital Design and Music Entertainment and Industry Studies programs. The main goal of this immersive experience is to create an engaging and interactive VR experience that can excite younger audiences and expose them to the beauty and history of opera.

The technology used to create this experience includes traditional filming, Augmented Reality (AR) using Aurasma, and 360 VR Capturing Devices including the Nokia Ozo powered by Hypercube, Unity, Vive interface, and Oculus Rift.

Through the use of virtual reality and video narratives, Experience La Bohème displays many aspects of creating a professional opera production. The video narratives included in Experience La Bohème are interviews with the main characters, director and conductor, and an overview of the history of La Bohème and the set design, costumes, wigs and makeup.


Experience La Bohème comes on the heels of Opera Colorado’s enormously successful and critically acclaimed production of Puccini’s La Bohème, and features an in-depth and exclusive look at the weeks-long process of getting the production ready for audiences.

While the cast and crew of La Bohème were busy in rehearsal and performances, so too were CU Denver professors Michelle Carpenter and Travis Vermilye with 56 of their students from the College of Arts & Media’s Digital Design and Music Entertainment and Industry Studies programs.