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La bohème

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La bohème

Puccini’s music and Richard Jones’s production capture the joy and heartache of young love in Paris.

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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.

Background

Richard Jones perfectly captures the blend of tragedy and comedy in La bohème, and provides an acute analysis of Puccini’s young would-be artists and their lovers, the soulful Mimì and spirited Musetta. Spectacular designs by Stewart Laing evoke both the poverty of the bohemians’ attic home and the splendour of Paris’s shopping arcades on Christmas Eve.

Puccini’s score is one of his most beautiful, with highlights including Rodolfo and Mimì’s introductory arias and love duet in Act I, ebullient music for the chorus and soloists in Act II, and Mimì’s poignant death scene, over which the composer himself wept. La bohème received its world premiere at the Teatro Regio, Turin, on 1 February 1896, and its Covent Garden premiere the following year. It is currently one of the best-loved operas worldwide, and the opera most performed at the Royal Opera House.

Credits

Music

Giacomo Puccini

Libretto

Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Designer

Stewart Laing

Movement director

Sarah Fahie

Revival Director

Julia Burbach

Performers

Conductor
Emmanuel Villaume
Mimì
Sonya Yoncheva
Rodolfo
Charles Castronovo
Marcello
Andrzej Filończyk
Musetta
Aida Garifullina
Schaunard
Gyula Nagy
Colline
Peter Kellner
Benoît
Jeremy White
Alcindoro
Eddie Wade
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Cast sheets

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News and features

To find out more visit the La bohème production page.