Giacomo Puccini

La Bohème

Upcoming Performances

Friday

Apr 21 at 7:30 PM

Monday

Apr 24 at 7:30 PM

Friday

Apr 28 at 8 PM

Tuesday

May 2 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

May 6 at 1 PM

Thursday

May 11 at 7:30 PM

Sunday

May 14 at 3 PM

Wednesday

May 17 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

May 20 at 8 PM

Friday

May 26 at 8 PM

Monday

May 29 at 7 PM

Thursday

Jun 1 at 7:30 PM

Sunday

Jun 4 at 3 PM

Friday

Jun 9 at 7 PM

Overview

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Puccini’s timeless tragedy for the first time at the Met, leading soprano Eleonora Buratto and tenor Stephen Costello as the bohemian lovers Mimì and Rodolfo, and soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan and baritone Davide Luciano as the on-again-off-again Musetta and Marcello. Later in the run, James Gaffigan takes the podium to conduct a second exceptional cast in Franco Zeffirelli’s beloved staging, with sopranos Susanna Phillips and Latonia Moore, tenor Charles Castronovo, and baritone Quinn Kelsey.

Production a gift of Mrs. Donald D. Harrington

Revival a gift of C. Graham Berwind, III and the Metropolitan Opera Club

The Met is grateful to C. Graham Berwind, III for sponsoring the refurbishment of the La Bohème sets

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 & II

    65 mins

  • Intermission

    35 mins

  • Act III

    30 mins

  • Intermission

    25 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