Puccini’s La Bohème returns to the Met stage November 9
Conductor Eun Sun Kim makes her Metropolitan Opera debut
Three casts to appear throughout the 2021–22 season, with Anita Hartig, Maria Agresta, and Eleonora Buratto starring as Mimì, alongside Charles Castronovo and Yusif Eyvazov as Rodolfo
New York, NY (November 5, 2021)—South Korean conductor Eun Sun Kim, who became music director of San Francisco Opera this fall, makes her Met debut leading Puccini’s La Bohème November 9, marking the first of five female conductors to take the Met podium this season—the most in Met history. Franco Zeffirelli’s classic staging, the company’s all-time most-performed production, marks the 40th anniversary of its 1981 premiere with a cast starring Anita Hartig as the tragic heroine Mimì and Charles Castronovo as the poet Rodolfo, with Artur Ruciński as the painter Marcello. Many artists make Met role debuts in this run, including Federica Lombardi as Musetta, Alexander Birch Elliott as Schaunard, and Nicholas Brownlee as Colline. Donald Maxwell also sings the roles of Benoit and Alcindoro. For the performances on November 26, 29, and December 3, 2021, Ryan Speedo Green reprises the role of Colline, and Joo Won Kang makes his Met debut as Marcello on December 3, 2021.
La Bohème returns for two additional runs during the 2021–22 season. Four performances in January 2022 are led by conductor Carlo Rizzi and star Maria Agresta, as Mimì, Castronovo as Rodolfo, Gabriella Reyes in her Met role debut as Musetta, Lucas Meachem as Marcello, Elliott as Schaunard, and Peter Kellner in his Met debut as Colline. In May 2022, Kim returns to the podium to conduct four performances featuring Eleonora Buratto and Yusif Eyvazov in their Met role debuts as the star-crossed lovers Mimì and Rodolfo, Aleksandra Kurzak as Musetta, Quinn Kelsey as Marcello, Iurii Samoilov in his Met debut as Schaunard, and Nicolas Testé as Colline.
La Bohème Worldwide Broadcasts on Radio and Online
The November 9 and 17, 2021, performances of La Bohème, as well as the January 22 and May 24, 2022, performances, will be broadcast live on Met Opera Radio on Sirius XM Channel 355. Audio from the November 9, 2021, and May 24, 2022, performances will be streamed live on the Met’s website, metopera.org. The January 22, 2022, performance will be broadcast over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.
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