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Opéra Bastille - First performance on 15 March 2014 - 7:30PM

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La Bohème
Giacomo Puccini
Presentation
Pre-performance reading
OPERA IN FOUR SCENES (1896)
MUSIC BY GIACOMO PUCCINI (1858-1924)
LIBRETTO BY GIUSEPPE GIACOSA AND LUIGI ILLICA BASED ON THE NOVEL BY HENRI MÜRGER "SCÈNES DE LA VIE DE BOHÈME"
Performed in Italian

There is perhaps nothing more straightforward than La Bohème: a young man and a young woman meet, fall in love, are separated by life and then reunited again before the ultimate separation. It happens in Paris, an eternally Bohemian Paris, as legendary as it is real. Out of this simplicity springs something supernatural: an irrepressible and ever-new emotion. Puccini filled La Bohème with unforgettable images: Mimi, muse-like, entering the poet’s room, a candle in her hand… the lover’s moonlight duet, the brightly lit grand café, the impossible farewells in the freezing morning, and finally, death on a shabby bed. But these places are just as equally realms within ourselves: his café Momus is the very whirlwind of existence, his Barrière d’Enfer is the frightening barrenness of the heart: La Bohème evokes the things which haunt us all: the love which blazes and transports us to heaven, the fleeting nature of youth, and all-destroying time. In 1896, Puccini still had numerous masterpieces ahead of him. But arguably he would never again achieve the clarity and splendour of melody whose every phrase touches us and is engraved in our hearts from the moment we first hear it.

Daniel Oren (A) Conductor
Stefano Ranzani (B) Conductor
Jonathan Miller Stage director
Dante Ferretti Sets
Gabriella Pescucci Costumes
Guido Levi Lighting
Alessandro Di Stefano Chorus master
ArtisteNoteRôle
Maria Agresta
(A) (15 au 24 mars)
Mimi
Angela Gheorghiu
(A) (27 mars au 11 avr.)
Mimi
Anita Hartig
(B)
Mimi
Brigitta Kele
(A)
Musetta
Elena Tsallagova
(B)
Musetta
Stefano Secco
(A) (15 au 24 mars)
Rodolfo
Piotr Beczala
(A) (27 mars au 11 avr.)
Rodolfo
Massimo Giordano
(B)
Rodolfo
Ludovic Tézier
Marcello
Igor Gnidii
(A)
Schaunard
Lionel Lhote
(B)
Schaunard
Ante Jerkunica
(A)
Colline
Nahuel Di Pierro
(B)
Colline
Matteo Peirone
Benoît
Antoine Normand
Alcindoro
Maîtrise des Hauts-De-Seine / Paris Opera children's Chorus

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus


COPRODUCTION WITH THE TEATRO COMUNALE, FLORENCE

(A) : 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 31 MARCH, 4, 7, 11 APRIL
(B) : 29 JUNE, 2, 4, 7, 9, 12, 14 JULY



Saint-Gobain SAINT-GOBAIN, SPONSOR OF LA BOHÈME

Radio Classique

Live on Radio Classique on 31 March after a full day live from the Opéra Bastille.

The composer

Giacomo Puccini - born in 1858 in Lucca, died in 1924 in Brussels. Descended from a family of organists in Lucca (his father was a famous theoretician and teacher), Puccini studied at the Milan conservatory under the direction of Ponchielli, amongst others. He composed ten operas most of which have become repertory standards (Manon Lescaut, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Fanciulla del West, Il Trittico, Turandot) and a few religious works (Salve regina, Messa di Gloria). Although considered as one of the most important representatives of the verismo movement, which was an extension of naturalism in literature, Puccini differed in the refinement of his musical writing and the rejection of the brutality that so often characterised this movement.

The work

Opera in four scenes. The libretto is an adaptation of Mürger’s Scènes de la vie de bohème, which appeared in serial form in the Parisian magazine Le Corsaire, between 1845 and 1849, and was presented shortly after in a stage version co-written by Théodore Barrière at the Théâtre des Variétés. As in the play, Puccini and his librettists, Giacosa and Illica, condense two of Mürger’s characters to create the fragile figure of Mimi, who, along with her lover, Rodolfo, takes centre stage. But besides the depiction of a group of picturesque characters (with the contrast of a «tragic» couple, Rodolfo/ Mimi, and a «comical» couple, Marcello/ Musetta) and a way of life which reminded him of the one he had known when he was at the conservatory, the composer sought to portray a city with a thousand details and impressionistic touches. His success is attested to by Debussy’s reaction at its creation : «I know of nobody who has described the Paris of those days so well as Puccini in La Bohème».

The first performance

The opera was created on 1st February 1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turin. The first performance in Paris, under the title of La Vie de bohème and in a French version by Paul Ferrier, was on 13th June 1898 at the Théâtre Lyrique de la Place du Châtelet, where the Opéra-Comique had taken refuge after a fire at the Salle Favart.

The work at the Paris Opera

After 1496 performances of the same production at the Opéra Comique (decors by Lucien Jusseaume), the work entered the repertory at the Palais Garnier in 1973, in the original version, in a production by Gian Carlo Menotti with decors by Pier Luigi Samaritani. It was revived many times up to 1986. Amongst others, Carlo Cossutta, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Giacomo Aragall appeared successively in the role of Rodolfo; Katia Ricciarelli, Mirella Freni, Kiri Te Kanawa and Ileana Cotrubas in that of Mimi; Aldo Ceccato, Julius Rudel, Giuseppe Patane, Nello Santi and Alain Lombard alternated at the rostrum.
La Bohème was presented at the Opera Bastille for the first time in December 1995 and was conducted by James Conlon with, alternately, Roberto Alagna and Roberto Aronica (Rodolfo) and Leontina Vaduva and Cristina Gallardo-Domas (Mimi). It is this production, which was performed again in 1996,1999, 2001, 2003 and 2009 with Nuccia Focile, Angela Gheorghiu, Olga Guryakova, Tamar Iveri, Inva Mula (Mimi), Franco Farina, Marcelo Alvarez, Rolando Villazon, Stefano Secco, Massimo Giordano (Rodolfo), that is revived today.