LA BOHÈME

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

2018-2019

DATES

SEP 25,29

OCT 3,6,10,13

NOV 29

DEC 3,6,10,13

CAST

James Gaffigan, conductor

MIMÌ: Nicole Car (SEP 25,29, OCT 3,6,10,13) / Ailyn Pérez (NOV 29, DEC 3,6,10,13)

MUSETTA: Angel Blue (SEP 25,29, OCT 3,6,13, NOV 29, DEC 3,6,10,13) / Susanna Phillips (OCT 10)

RODOLFO: Vittorio Grigolo (SEP 25,29, OCT 3,6,10,13) / Michael Fabiano (NOV 29, DEC 3,6,10,13)

MARCELLO: Etienne Dupuis (SEP 25,29, OCT 3,6,10,13) / Lucas Meachem (NOV 29, DEC 3,6,10,13)

SCHAUNARD: Davide Luciano (SEP 25,29, OCT 3,6,13) / Javier Arrey (OCT 10) / Duncan Rock (NOV 29, DEC 3,6,10,13)

COLLINE: Matthew Rose (SEP 25,29, OCT 3,6,10,13) / Christian Van Horn (NOV 29, DEC 3,6,10,13)

BENOIT / ALCINDORO: Donald Maxwell

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Metropolitan Opera House LeftABOUT THE OPERA

Composer: Giacomo Puccini – Librettist: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

First performance: Turin, Teatro Regio, 1 February 1896

Based on Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de Bohème, La Bohème is one of Giacomo Puccini’s most popular operas. The audience was enthusiastic about it from the very first performance, and shortly after even the critics praised the finesse of Mimì’s sad story. Set in Paris during the 1830s, La Bohème is based on a series of episodes featuring two poor artists (Rodolfo and Marcello) and their respective lovers: sweet, frail and sick Mimì and fickle Musetta. The music of La Bohème gives prominence to situations and actions of every life and the vocal part is as close as possible to speech, even in the most famous piece of the opera, Mi chiamano Mimì.


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