La bohème

Giacomo Puccini

Opéra Bastille - from 28 November to 31 December 2017

La Bohème

Opera in four acts

Music
Giacomo Puccini
Libretto
Giuseppe Giacosa
Luigi Illica

After Henry Murger, Scènes de la vie de bohème
In Italian

Conductor
Gustavo Dudamel
Manuel López-Gómez
Director
Claus Guth
Mimì
Sonya Yoncheva
Nicole Car
Musetta
Aida Garifullina
Rodolfo
Atalla Ayan
Benjamin Bernheim
Marcello
Artur Ruciński
Schaunard
Alessio Arduini
Andrei Jilihovschi
Colline
Roberto Tagliavini
Alcindoro
Marc Labonnette
Parpignol
Antonel Boldan
Sergente dei doganari
Florent Mbia
Un doganiere
Jian-Hong Zhao
Un venditore ambulante
Fernando Velasquez
Set design
Étienne Pluss
Lighting design
Fabrice Kebour
Video
Arian Andiel
Choreography
Teresa Rotemberg
Dramaturgy
Yvonne Gebauer
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Choeur d’enfants de l’Opéra national de Paris

French and English surtitles

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about


Who am I? I'm a poet. What do I do? I write and how do I live? I live

- Rodolfo, Acte I

Is it because Murger had himself lived this way in his youth? No one better described the half-starved, struggling artists than the writer in his Scènes de la Vie de Bohème: artists ready to burn a manuscript to try to keep warm yet,in an era of triumphant bourgeois materialism, dreaming of another existence. Taking up these scenes of Bohemian life, Puccini offers us a heart-breaking love story and some of the most beautiful music in the history of opera in the story of the poet Rodolfo and fragile Mimi. The staging of this new production has been entrusted to Claus Guth who sets the drama in a future devoid of hope in which love and art become the sole means of transcendence.

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