The Met: La Boheme
175 Minutes - NR
Showings
Lark TheaterSat, Feb 24 9:30 AM Buy Tickets
 
Lark TheaterWed, Feb 28 6:30 PM Buy Tickets
 
Film Info
Event Type:Metropolitan Opera
Release Year:2018
Rating:NR
Genre:Opera
Original Langauge:Italian
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Music By:Puccini
Social Media
Website:http://www.metopera.org/Season/2017-18-Season/boheme-puccini-tickets/
Description

Creators

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.

Production Franco Zeffirelli

Set Designer Franco Zeffirelli

Costume Designer Peter J. Hall

Lighting Designer Gil Wechsler

Revival Stage Director Gregory Keller
Giacomo Puccini


Setting

The libretto sets the action in Paris, circa 1830. This is not a random setting, but rather reflects the issues and concerns of a particular time when, following the upheavals of revolution and war, French artists had lost their traditional support base of aristocracy and church. The story centers on self-conscious youth at odds with mainstream society—a Bohemian ambience that is clearly recognizable in any modern urban center. La Bohème captures this ethos in its earliest days.



Music

Lyrical and touchingly beautiful, the score of La Bohème exerts an immediate emotional pull. Many of its most memorable melodies are built incrementally, with small intervals between the notes that carry the listener with them on their lyrical path. This is a distinct contrast to the grand leaps and dives that earlier operas often depended on for emotional effect. La Bohème’s melodic structure perfectly captures the “small people” (as Puccini called them) of the drama and the details of everyday life.


Met History

With more than 1200 performances, La Bohème is the most frequently staged opera at the Met. The very first performances, on tour in Los Angeles in 1900, were among the most remarkable the work has had: at the conclusion of Act IV, soprano Nelli Melba—following her onstage death as Mimì—reappeared in front of the curtain to sing the mad scene from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. The role of Lucia was one of Melba’s specialties, and her portrayal helped secure that opera’s popularity.