La Boheme 2018-2019

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The heartbreaking story of Puccini’s La Bohème is based on the lives of a group of young bohemians and artists living in Paris in the first half of the nineteenth century, focusing on the passionate yet tragic love affair between Rodolfo and Mimì. From 2018-19, the Met Opera staged Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, conducted by Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato. Lyrical and romantic, La Bohème has retained its immense popularity through the years partly because of its sweet, gradually building memories and partly because it captures the lives of everyday people. It’s the most frequently staged opera at the Met. – Guide to Most Popular & Upcoming shows in New York.

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Puccini’s timeless masterpiece of love and loss features two casts of young stars. Sopranos Nicole Car (in her highly anticipated Met debut) and Ailyn Pérez share the role of the ill-fated Mimì, opposite tenors Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano as the ardent poet Rodolfo. After a celebrated Met debut as Mimì in 2017, Angel Blue returns as the spitfire Musetta, and Etienne Dupuis and Lucas Meachem appear as Marcello. James Gaffigan conducts.

Production a gift of Mrs. Donald D. Harrington


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.[1]

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