9 July 2014 at 10.53pm | 7 Comments
A heart-wrenching love story set in Bohemian Paris, La bohème has captivated audiences around the world. One of opera’s greatest romances, it has been performed at Covent Garden more than 500 times.
Loosely based on Henri Murger’s Scènes de la vie de bohème, Puccini’s La bohème tells the story of penniless artist Rodolfo and seamstress Mimì, who fall passionately in love when they first meet in Rodolfo’s attic. However, Mimì is gravely ill with consumption. Find out more in our Opera Essentials series.
La bohème is well known for its glorious arias and duets, which express Mimì and Rodolfo’s love, from their first meeting in Act I to their poignant reunion in Act IV. It also contains some wonderful evocations of Parisian life, including the hustle and bustle of the street outside the Café Momus and dawn on a winter's day on the outskirts of the city. Watch an extract of Act IV performed by Dmytro Popov and Maija Kovalevska.
John’s hugely popular production of Puccini’s La bohème has been in The Royal Opera’s repertory for forty years, premiering in 1974 and since revived 25 times. The production re-creates Paris in the 1830s, from the lively trade of the Latin Quarter, to a drafty attic where impoverished artists live hand-to-mouth.
Listen to John Copley on La bohème:
La bohème runs until the 19 July 2014. Tickets are still available.
The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund. Original Production (1974) supported by The Linbury Trust.