La Bohème

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Giacomo Antonio Puccini


Giuseppe Giacosa, and Luigi Illica


1 February 1896, Turin (Teatro Regio)




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About the opera La Bohème

La bohème is an opera in four acts, by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere performance of La bohème was in Turin on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio and conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini. Since then, La bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas internationally. According to Operabase, it is the fourth most frequently performed opera worldwide. In 1946, fifty years after the opera's premiere, Toscanini conducted a performance of it on radio with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. This performance was eventually released on records and on Compact Disc. It is the only recording of a Puccini opera by its original conductor (see Recordings below).
According to its title page, the libretto of La bohème is based on Henri Murger's novel, Scènes de la vie de bohème, a collection of vignettes portraying young bohemians living in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s. Although usually called a novel, it has no unified plot. Like the 1849 play by Murger and Théodore Barrière, the opera's libretto focuses on the relationship between Rodolfo and Mimì, ending with her death. Also like the play, the libretto combines two characters from the novel, Mimì and Francine, into a single Mimì character.
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Roles in La Bohème

Rodolfo Tenor
Mimì Soprano
Marcello Baritone
Musetta Soprano
Schaunard Baritone
Colline Bass
Benoît Bass
Alcindoro Bass

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All scenes from La Bohème

Arias from La Bohème

Nr.Title sceneOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Vecchia zimarra, sentiBohème, LaPucciniariabassItalian
2Che gelida maninaBohème, LaPucciniariatenorItalian
3Quando men voBohème, LaPucciniariasopranoItalian
4Donde lieta usciBohème, LaPucciniariasopranoItalian
5Mi chiamano MimìBohème, LaPucciniariasopranoItalian