Opéra de Montréal presents

La Bohème

Paris, the Latin Quarter, love blooms and fades… The ultimate classic !

The poet Rodolfo and his friends — painter Marcello, musician Schaunard, and philosopher Colline —, despite their poverty, manage to enjoy the pleasures of the bohemian lifestyle. Marcello loves Musetta, a young singer, and Rodolfo falls for their neighbour, the fragile seamstress Mimì. But jealousy and illness surround them.

Since its premiere in 1896, Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème has held a prime position in the opera repertoire. “I would not hesitate to say that La bohème is a masterpiece,” wrote publisher Giulio Ricordi. La bohème is notable not only for its arias—such operatic jewels as “Che gelida manina,” “Mi chiamano Mimì,” and “Quando m’en vò”—but also for Puccini’s attention to detail, which casts a brilliant light on every aspect of daily life. According to Claude Debussy, Puccini succeeded in depicting the Paris of the 1830-40s better than anyone else. At the same time, much more than just a historical portrait, Puccini’s La bohème reveals to us profound movements of the human soul.

Mimì: France Bellemare
Rodolfo: Luc Robert
Marcello: Justin Welsh
Musetta: Lucia Cesaroni
Schaunard: Christopher Dunham
Colline: Alexandre Sylvestre
Conductor: James Meena

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