Giacomo Puccini

La Bohème

Upcoming Performances

Saturday

Jan 2 at 1 PM

Tuesday

Jan 5 at 7 PM

Saturday

Jan 9 at 1 PM

Thursday

Jan 21 at 7 PM

Sunday

Jan 24 at 3 PM

Friday

Jan 29 at 7 PM

Tuesday

Feb 2 at 7 PM

Saturday

Feb 6 at 8 PM

Wednesday

Feb 10 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Feb 13 at 7 PM

Tuesday

Feb 16 at 7 PM

Friday

Feb 19 at 7:30 PM

Thursday

Feb 25 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Apr 10 at 12 PM

Tuesday

Apr 13 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Apr 17 at 8 PM

All exchange fees will be waived for tickets purchased in the 2020–21 season.

Overview

The performances of La Bohème scheduled for November 21, 25, and 28, and December 2, 5, 10, 13, and 30, have been CANCELED. If you purchased tickets for any of these dates, please review your ticketing options.

The January 2 performance originally scheduled for 8 p.m. has been CHANGED to a matinee beginning at 1 p.m. Any tickets purchased for the evening performance will automatically be transferred to the matinee.

The performances scheduled for January 5, 9, 21, 24, and 29, and April 10, 13, and 17, REMAIN on the calendar, but some curtain times have changed.

Performances have been ADDED on February 2, 6, 10, 13, 16, 19, and 25.

Please see individual dates below for casting details and curtain times.

Franco Zeffirelli’s definitive staging of the world’s most popular opera returns for another season with several luxury casts gracing the garrets of bohemian Paris. Tenors Dmytro Popov, Joseph Calleja, and Matthew Polenzani are the tortured poet Rodolfo, with sopranos Angel Blue (fresh from her triumphant performances of Bess in Porgy and Bess last season), Eleonora Buratto, and Angela Gheorghiu trading off as the heartbreaking seamstress Mimì. Domingo Hindoyan, Xian Zhang, Nimrod David Pfeffer, and Marco Armiliato conduct.

Production a gift of Mrs. Donald D. Harrington

Revival a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund

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 59 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.

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.

La Bohème