Last performance at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège : June 2016
Paris, in 1830: four artists are leading a Bohemian life in an unsanitary attic room. One evening, the poet Rodolfo, who has remained on his own to complete an article, meets Mimì his neighbour whose candle has burned out. They fall hopelessly in love. On learning that Mimì suffers from tuberculosis, he prefers to leave her, in the hope that a rich lover can take better care of her! Exhausted, she returns to him to die in his arms.
La Bohème is today one of the most popular operas in the world. Based on a novel by Henry Murger, Scènes de la Vie de Bohème, published as a serial in 1851, it addresses the impoverished and uncertain existence of young artists living on the fringes of society. It was in Turin in 1896, with Toscanini conducting, that Puccini encountered his second major public success following Manon Lescaut, with the adaptation of the French tale by his librettists Illica and Giacosa.
The love stories and misfortunes of Mimì, Rodolfo and their friends represented the opportunity for the composer to draw on the spirit of La Scapigliatura, a flourishingly intellectually intense Bohemian way of life that fascinated Italy in the late 19th century. The work reveals the musician’s genius which, thanks to sublime singing, an entranced orchestra and a paroxysmal sense of drama, explores, between frivolity and tragedy, the entire gamut of human emotions. His creed is clear: “I love small details… I can only devote myself to the music of small details when they are genuine, ardent and human and when they go straight to your heart”. That says it all!
Introduction to performances: curtain-raisers (Suspended)
For its spectators, the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège provides a super-titling system in French, Dutch, German and English for each of the operas performed.
The super-titling is present on 7 screens spread over the different levels of the concert hall for optimal visibility for all seat categories.
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Frequently asked questions
Tramway works in progress
Liège is reinventing its mobility: the work for the development of the Tramway in Liège has started!
The construction work planned for a period of three years, will completely transform the city of Liège around the tramway route and will inevitably impact mobility around our Theater.
Find all the information related to the phases of this site as well as the traffic diversions implemented on: www.letram.be
Work on Liège’s tram system is currently in progress. The work may disrupt access to the city centre. In order to optimally prepare your visit, check www.letram.be for all the information concerning the phases of the work and deviations put in place.
How to come by car?
Car parks with discounted rate
Discounted rate of € 6 for performances and concerts featured in our schedules (in the evening from 18.00 to 01.00 and on Sunday from 13.00 to 19.00). A validation terminal is available in the entrance hall of the Opera House (from when the doors opens).
Neujean car park
45, Boulevard de la Sauvenière – 4000 Liège, Belgium
Mon. to Fri. : open until 1 o’clock in the morning.
Sat. and Sun. : open all night.
Opéra car park
1, Galerie Opéra – 4000 Liège, Belgium
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
Other car parks nearby
Saint-Lambert car park : Place Saint-Lambert – 4000 Liège
Cathédrale car park : Place de la Cathédrale – 4000 Liège
There is a taxi rank located in front of the theatre (Rue George Clémenceau).