About the show
See Puccini’s classic opera of love, poverty and tragedy, La bohème, at the Royal Opera House.
Opera aficionado or first-time attendee, there are few operas as universally well-loved as Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème. With its tragic love story set against the backdrop of bohemian Paris, this work firmly retains its place as one of the most famous operas ever written.
This autumn, director Richard Jones stages a brand new production at the Royal Opera House. The striking and romantic new staging showcases the talents of a young cast.
Names to look out for include Nicole Car, an Australian soprano who made her Royal Opera House debut in 2015. Michael Fabiano joins her to sing the role of Rodolfo. Mariusz Kwiecień returns to sing the role of Marcello following his debut performance in the same role in 2005.
Puccini’s tragic opera premiered in 1896. On the shabby fringes of Paris, Rodolfo meets Mimì. Trying to survive as an impoverished poet and a seamstress, both are in need of some light and love in their lives.
The first time the pair meet, they become infatuated with each other. Their happiness, however, is threatened when Rodolfo learns Mimì is seriously ill. Unable to pay the doctor’s bills, he decides it is best they stay apart. A dramatic reunion subsequently takes place, but by then it is too late for the lovers to truly be together.
Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, conducts the production.
La bohème was first performed at the Royal Opera House in 1897. There have since been more than 500 performances of it at the venue. And we reckon there might be a fair few more still to come!
The opera is sung in Italian, but also uses English surtitles.
La bohème runs from 11 September – 10 October 2017 at the Royal Opera House.