Giacomo Puccini

La Bohème

Upcoming Performances

Friday

Oct 25 at 7:30 PM

Wednesday

Oct 30 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Nov 2 at 8 PM

Tuesday

Nov 5 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Nov 9 at 8 PM

Thursday

Nov 14 at 7:30 PM

Sunday

Nov 17 at 3 PM

Thursday

Nov 21 at 7:30 PM

Thursday

Jan 9 at 7:30 PM

Sunday

Jan 12 at 3 PM

Friday

Jan 17 at 7:30 PM

Tuesday

Jan 21 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Jan 25 at 8 PM

Wednesday

Apr 29 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

May 2 at 7:30 PM

Thursday

May 7 at 8 PM

Overview

Three casts of captivating artists bring Puccini’s classic tragedy of bohemian friends and lovers to life in Franco Zeffirelli’s immortal staging. Tenors Matthew Polenzani, Roberto Alagna, and Joseph Calleja trade off as the exuberant Rodolfo, alongside sopranos Ailyn Pérez, Hei-Kyung Hong, and Maria Agresta as the fragile Mimì. Marco Armiliato and Emmanuel Villaume share conducting duties.

Production a gift of Mrs. Donald D. Harrington

Revival a gift of Rolex

Languages

Languages sung in La Bohème

Sung In

Italian

Titles

Title languages displayed for La Bohème

Met Titles In

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Timeline

Timeline for the show, La Bohème

Estimated Run Time

2 hrs 57 mins

  • House Opens

  • Acts I & II

    60 mins

  • Intermission

    35 mins

  • Act III

    25 mins

  • Intermission

    30 mins

  • Act IV

    29 mins

  • Opera Ends

La Bohème

World premiere: Teatro Regio, Turin, 1896. La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. 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.

Creators

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) was immensely popular in his own lifetime, and his mature works remain staples in the repertory of most of the world’s opera companies. His librettists for La Bohème, Giuseppe Giacosa (1847–1906) and Luigi Illica (1857–1919), also collaborated with him on his next two operas, Tosca and Madama Butterfly. Giacosa, a dramatist, was responsible for the stories and Illica, a poet, worked primarily on the words themselves.

PRODUCTION

Franco Zeffirelli

SET DESIGNER

Franco Zeffirelli

COSTUME DESIGNER

Peter J. Hall

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Gil Wechsler

Headshot of Giacomo Puccini

COMPOSER

Giacomo Puccini

Setting

La Bohème

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. La Bohème captures this ethos in its earliest days.

La Bohème

Music

Lyrical and touchingly beautiful, the score of La Bohème exerts an immediate emotional pull. Many of its most memorable melodies are built incrementally, with small intervals between the notes that carry the listener with them on their lyrical path. This is a distinct contrast to the grand leaps and dives that earlier operas often depended on for emotional effect. La Bohème’s melodic structure perfectly captures the “small people” (as Puccini called them) of the drama and the details of everyday life.