Royal Opera House: La Boheme

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Puccini’s music and Richard Jones’s production capture the joy and heartache of young love in Paris.

The Story:- When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.

Background:- Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept. Richard Jones’s character-led production perfectly captures La bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy, with striking designs by Stewart Laing. The cast features some of the greatest interpreters of Puccini’s bohemian lovers performing today, as well as former members of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

This is a co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

This is a recording of the Royal Opera House Live event of Wednesday 29th January. Please note the start time of 7.15pm.

Cast & Creatives

Music: Giacomo Puccini

Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume

Director: Richard Jones

Mimì: Sonya Yoncheva

Rodolfo: Charles Castronovo

Marcello: Andrzej Filończyk

Musetta: Aida Garifullina

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Approximate running time is about 2 hours 30 minutes

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