La Bohème

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Conductor : 
Paolo Arrivabeni
Director : 
Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera
Choirmaster : 
Pierre Iodice
Artist : 
Patrizia Ciofi, Ira Bertman, Gianluca Terranova, Marc Laho, Cinzia Forte, Laviana Bini, Ionut Pascu, Alessandro Spina, Laurent Kubla, Patrick Delcour, Stefano De Rosa, Pierre Nypels, Marc Tissons
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Dates : 
Fri, 17/06/2016 to Sun, 26/06/2016

Last performance at the Opera : November 2010.

A landmark opera

Puccini and Leoncavallo decided, one evening, to let their imagination run free on Scènes de la vie de Bohème by Henry Murger. However, the musical understanding was short-lived. It would take Puccini three years to give birth to his Bohème, his associate four. The first one saw success, the second fell into oblivion.

Puccini tries to push to extremes the depths of his characters' emotions in his oeuvre. This is true in his music. It is equally true in the libretto, which underscores the sincerity of Mimi and Rodolfo in the simplicity of their love: "Music and libretto need to touch the audience's heart," the composer hammered home. These are sentiments that are perfectly conveyed by the four artists playing the main roles. It is indeed with pleasure that the audience will admire Patrizia Ciofi and Ira Bertman, two artists of captivating intensity, but also, for the masculine role, Gianluca Terranova and Marc Laho, two singers to match their partners.

Emotions are guaranteed with this opera, where one passes from the joie de vivre of the protagonists' youth to the sufferings of sickness and separation. Puccini wanted to laugh and cry while listening to his own opera.


The Story

Rodolfo and Mimi experience a love story thwarted by the sickness of one and the poverty of the other. They share their bohemian lifestyle with their companions, young artists at the start of their career. Drama and tears, alongside a carefree attitude, await...


(Libretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
after Henry Murger's Scènes de la vie de Bohème)