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La bohème (2017)

Recorded | Opera

Running time: The performance lasts about 2 hours 35 minutes, including one interval

La bohème (2017)

Puccini’s passionate opera is conducted by Antonio Pappano and stars a superb young cast including Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano and Mariusz Kwiecień, in a new production by Richard Jones.


The story

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.

Rodolfo is painfully aware that he cannot afford the medicine and care Mimì needs, and so separates from her. As her sickness takes hold Mimì returns to Rodolfo’s garret. They are joyfully reunited – but, despite the care of Rodolfo and his friends, Mimì dies.


Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylized designs.

Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with wonderful music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances here since.



Giacomo Puccini


Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica


Richard Jones


Stewart Laing

Lighting designer

Mimi Jordan Sherin

Movement director

Sarah Fahie


Antonio Pappano
Nicole Car
Michael Fabiano
Mariusz Kwiecień
Simona Mihai
Florian Sempey
Luca Tittoto
Jeremy White
Wyn Pencarreg
Royal Opera Chorus
Concert Master
Vasko Vassilev
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

La bohème (2017) Digital Programme

La bohème (2017) Digital Programme

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Cast sheets

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News and features

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