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Puccini: La Bohème Rare First Edition Score (1896)
Very rare first edition of the vocal score of La Bohème, variant with the second and third bars in ¾ time and the rest in real time. Hopkinson 4 A (a). RCM (3.1896). Fuld 379. Spine a little tattered, binding rubbed, pages in fine condition. This edition is appreciably more deluxe than the more commonly found binding. 269pp.
One of the most popular operas of all time, Puccini’s La Bohème premiered at Turin’s Teatro Regino in 1896. The work, renowned for its beautiful arias and emotional intensity, opens in the Parisian garret of a group of young artists and writers. This is where the poet Rodolfo meets his neighbor Mimì, who knocks on the door and asks to borrow a candle. Thus begins a fateful – and unforgettable – relationship as the two struggle to sustain their love against the challenges of poverty, jealousy and physical decline.
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