The Bronx Opera Company makes its annual area appearance with Giacomo Puccini’s “La bohème,” performed in English, accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra. Since its 1896 premiere, “La bohème” has become one of the most celebrated operas, and deservedly so. Puccini’s depiction of student life in 1830s Paris’ Latin Quarter has something for everyone: magnificent music, a tragic love story, and even moments of comedy. Modern audiences may know that “Rent,” Jonathan Larson’s award-winning musical, was greatly inspired by La bohème.
Friday, May 17, 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m. $30, $25 seniors. Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus, Hempstead. (516) 463-6644.
The snappy sounds of the Great American Songbook return to Long Beach Public Library, the venue for the 11th annual cabaret festival in the City by the Sea. The festival, presented by Artists in Partnership and the Long Beach Public Library, celebrates the treasured legacy of cabaret, with performances by renowned local and New York City-based vocalists. The festival opens with Fabulous Broadway and More on Friday, at 7:30 p.m., featuring Marissa McGowan with pianist/musical director Brian Hertz, followed by Colleen McHugh with her musical director Tedd Firth.
Friday through Sunday, May 17-19. All performances are free. Long Beach Public Library, 111 W. Park Ave., Long Beach. For more information and performance schedule, visit www.aip-arts.org.
Early Bird Walk
Meet the feathered friends who share our world. Take a morning stroll with an experienced naturalist to observe the many birds that reside in the region. The focus is on the spring migration of birds in the woods and meadows, with an expert on hand to demonstrate bird banding and discuss bird migration patterns. See birds close up as they are released back to nature.
Sunday, May 19, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration required. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars. $5 fee. Muttowntown Preserve, Muttontown La., East Norwich. (516) 571-8500.