Sonya Yoncheva as Mimì and Andrzej Filończyk as Marcello in La bohème, The Royal Opera ©2020 ROH. Photograph by Tristram Kenton

La bohème (2020)

11 December 202010 January 2021
Online only
Opera and music

Streaming: Friday 11 December 2020 at 7pm GMT, broadcast online as part of the Royal Opera House's #OurHouseToYourHouse series. Available to watch until 10 January 2021.

Puccini’s opera of passion, friendship and heartbreak is one of the best-loved operas worldwide. Its music includes such treats as Rodolfo and Mimì’s Act I arias and duet, the ebullient choruses of Act II and Mimì’s heartrending death scene. Richard Jones’s recent production for The Royal Opera perfectly captures the vulnerability of youth amid the harshness and glamour of a big city. The atmospheric designs, by Stewart Laing, evoke both the poverty of the bohemians’ attic home and the splendour of Paris’s shopping arcades on Christmas Eve.

The opera blends tragedy and comedy, the soulful and the spirited, into a powerful encapsulation of the intenseness of life’s experiences to its young would-be artists and their lovers, in this recording performed by a winning cast under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume.


With warm thanks to

Mrs Aline Foriel Destezet (Season Principle), Ruinart and all the supporters of The Royal Opera


Streaming generously supported by The Foyle Foundation.

A co-production with:

Teatro Real, Madrid, and Lyric Opera of Chicago


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.


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