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Saturday, February 24, 2018 Permalink

Met Opera: La Bohème

A scene from Act II of Puccini’s “La Bohème.” Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

A scene from Act II of Puccini’s “La Bohème.” Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

La Bohème
by Giacomo Puccini

La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as one of the world’s most popular operas.

Lyrical and touchingly beautiful, the score of La Bohème exerts an immediate emotional pull. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things—a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor—that make up our everyday lives.

The libretto sets the action in Paris, circa 1830. This is not a random setting, but rather reflects the issues and concerns of a particular time when, following the upheavals of revolution and war, French artists had lost their traditional support base of aristocracy and church. The story centers on self-conscious youth at odds with mainstream society—a Bohemian ambience that is clearly recognizable in any modern urban center.


Conductor: Marco Armiliato



Mimì: Sonya Yoncheva

Musetta: Susanna Phillips

Rodolfo: Michael Fabiano

Marcello: Lucas Meachem

Schaunard: Alexey Lavrov

Colline: Matthew Rose

Benoit/Alcindoro: Paul Plishka


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Start time: 10:00 AM on Capital Public Radio.
Approximate running time 2 hrs 55 min


SEE "La Bohème" live in a local cinema! 
The Met Opera broadcasts select live productions directly into cinemas so you can see the opera instead of only listen on the radio. Click the link on this page to go to the Met Opera's website for info and to find a cinema near you!  Start times are generally 9:55am here on the west coast.

After this, upcoming productions in cinemas are:

Mar 10: "Semiramide" (Rossini)
Mar 31: "Cosi Fan Tutte" (Mozart)
Apr 14: "Luisa Miller" (Verdi)
Apr 28: "Cendrillon" (Massenet)

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