Giacomo Puccini

La Bohème

Upcoming Performances

Tuesday

Nov 9 at 7 PM

Saturday

Nov 13 at 8 PM

Wednesday

Nov 17 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Nov 20 at 1 PM

Friday

Nov 26 at 7 PM

Monday

Nov 29 at 8 PM

Friday

Dec 3 at 7 PM

Sunday

Jan 9 at 3 PM

Thursday

Jan 13 at 7 PM

Tuesday

Jan 18 at 7 PM

Saturday

Jan 22 at 1 PM

Monday

May 16 at 8 PM

Friday

May 20 at 8 PM

Tuesday

May 24 at 8 PM

Friday

May 27 at 8 PM

Overview

The Met celebrates the 40th anniversary of Franco Zeffirelli’s beloved staging with three exceptional casts appearing as Puccini’s young bohemians. Sopranos Anita Hartig, Maria Agresta, and Eleonora Buratto trade off as the ill-fated seamstress Mimì, alongside tenors Charles Castronovo and Yusif Eyvazov as her lover, the poet Rodolfo. Sopranos Federica Lombardi, Gabriella Reyes, and Aleksandra Kurzak and baritones Artur Ruciński, Lucas Meachem, and Quinn Kelsey are the on-again-off-again pair Musetta and Marcello, with Eun Sun Kim and Carlo Rizzi conducting.

Production a gift of Mrs. Donald D. Harrington

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

3 hrs 5 mins

  • House Opens

  • Acts I and II

    60 mins

  • Intermission

    35 mins

  • Act III

    30 mins

  • Intermission

    30 mins

  • Act IV

    30 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