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A new production of La bohème, by Giacomo Puccini, with conductor Paolo Carignani and stage director Richard Jones, comes to the Teatro Real in a co-production with the Royal Opera House of London and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The cold December weather in Madrid will transport us to the Parisian winter tainted with melancholy that accompanies the thwarted love of Rodolfo (Stephen Costello/Piero Pretti) and Mimì (Anita Hartig/Yolanda Auyanet).

Puccini constructed a story about young, innocent, hopeful, bohemians, whose dreams were cut short in atmosphere of hardship, but whose lives continue to touch us today. The beauty of the music, the dramatic effectiveness, the orchestral motifs and the sentimentality of the story, as befits Italian melodrama, are the components that has made La bohème one of the most loved operas ever. 

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Essentials

Opera in four acts

Music by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
 
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, after the novel Scènes de la vie de bohème (1851) by Henri Murger
 
Premiered at the Teatro Regio of Torino on 1 February 1896
Premiered at the Teatro Real de Madrid on 17 February1900
 
New production by the Teatro Real, in co-production with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Principal Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real

(Coro Intermezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)
Pequeños Cantores de la ORCAM

Starting Point

Very few operas in the history of the genre have conveyed the fragility of happiness as La bohème. The intense love between Mimì and Rodolfo battles to survive, without success, beset by the hardships of poverty, severe cold and misfortune. In its tragic conclusion, we see the characteristically grim reality of Italian verismo. To put music to his story, Giacomo Puccini used a refined harmonic language and a series of extraordinarily beautiful melodies, to give life to a young group of Parisian artists of the 19th century, who dream that a stroke of good luck will bring them success.

All too briefly, the cruel end which awaits these characters is eased with the delicacy of Mimi, a perfect portrait of a kind-hearted, virtuous woman who is cheated by destiny. The premiere was conducted by a young Arturo Toscanini, and despite the initially cool reaction by the audience and critics, it was not long before La bohème became an essential pillar of romantic Italian repertory. 

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Paolo Carignani
  • Stage director: Richard Jones
  • Revival stage director: Julia Burbach
  • Set and costume designer: Stewart Laing
  • Lighting designer: Mimi Jordan Sherin
  • Movement Director: Sarah Fahie
  • Chorus Master: Andrés Máspero
  • Children's Chorus Conductor: Ana González
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  • Rodolfo: Stephen Costello (Dec. 11, 14, 17, 19, 23, 26, 29 · Jan. 2, 4, 7)
    Piero Pretti (Dec. 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 27, 30 · Jan. 3, 8)
  • Schaunard: Joan Martín-Royo (Dec. 11, 14, 17, 19, 23, 26, 29 · Jan. 2, 4, 7)
    Manel Esteve (Dec. 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 27, 30 · Jan. 3, 8)
  • Benoît: José Manuel Zapata
  • Mimì: Anita Hartig (Dec. 11, 14, 17, 19, 23, 26, 29 · Jan. 2, 4, 7)
    Yolanda Auyanet (Dec. 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 27, 30 · Jan. 3, 8)
  • Marcello: Etienne Dupuis (Dec. 11, 14, 17, 19, 23, 26, 29 · Jan. 2, 4, 7)
    Alessandro Luongo (Dec. 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 27, 30 · Jan. 3, 8)
  • Colline: Mika Kares (Dec. 11, 14, 17, 19, 23, 26, 29 · Jan. 2, 4, 7)
    Fernando Radó (Dec. 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 27, 30 · Jan. 3, 8)
  • Alcindoro: Roberto Accurso
  • Musetta: Joyce El-Khoury (Dec. 11, 14, 17, 19, 23, 26, 29 · Jan. 2, 4, 7)
    Carmen Romeu (Dec. 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 27, 30 · Jan. 3, 8)

Approximate running time

2 hours and 25 minutes

Acts I and II: 55 minutes
Intemission: 25 minutes
Acts III and IV: 60 minutes

Summary

An attic in the Latin Quarter of Paris, Christmas Eve. Rodolfo and Marcello complain about the bitter cold. They burn the manuscript of Rodolfo’s latest play and they and their friend Colline enjoy the brief warmth.
 

Performance Dates

  • 11 DEC (M) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 12 DEC (T) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 14 DEC (T) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 15 DEC (F) 20:00h
    Turn W
  • 17 DEC (S) 18:00h
    Turn V
  • 18 DEC (M) 20:00h
    Turn Z
  • 19 DEC (T) 20:00h
    Turn A
  • 20 DEC (W) 20:00h
    Turn B
  • 23 DEC (S) 20:00h
    Turn G
  • 25 DEC (M) 20:00h
    Separately from season tickets
  • 26 DEC (T) 20:00h
    Turn D
  • 27 DEC (W) 20:00h
    Turn C
  • 29 DEC (F) 20:00h
    Separately from season tickets
  • 30 DEC (S) 20:00h
    Separately from season tickets
  • 2 JAN (T) 20:00h
    Turn F
  • 3 JAN (W) 20:00h
    Abono Selección I
  • 4 JAN (T) 20:00h
    Separately from season tickets
  • 7 JAN (S) 18:00h
    Separately from season tickets
  • 8 JAN (M) 20:00h
    Turn H
  • Place: Main Auditorium

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