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September 20, 24, 27

Giacomo Puccini
La bohème
opera in four acts

Director Ivan Popovski
Set and costumes Andrey Klimov
Alexander Solovyev (20, 24)
Jaroslav Tkalenko (27)

The first performance of one of the Italian opera classics, La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, took place in 1896. Celebrated composer, loved and admired in Italy after Manon Lescaut, Puccini presented his new work to the public at Teatro Regio in Turin. The opera was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. It would seem, the success of the production was destined. However, contrary to all expectations, the opera got a rather cold reception, and the critical reviews were also not too positive. It took considerable time for La bohème to be appreciated and subsequently became one of the most performed operas in history. This breathtaking, beautiful music continues to sound at the best Opera stages of the world from La Scala and Met to the Bolshoi theatre.

The libretto is based on the Henri Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème. Puccini’s magnificent music embodied touching romantic story of talented and noble inhabitants of the Latin quarter of Paris, for whom there are no greater values than art, freedom and love. The drama of the main characters – poet Rodolfo, painter Marcello, seamstress Mimi and singer Musetta – is fully revealed in lyrical sentimental music and vivid, playful themes. The love story of Rodolfo and Mimi, whose feelings are doomed, add a real dramatic line to the plot.