"La Bohème" Knit Shawl
Price: $148.00 / $98.00 Members: $78.40
La Bohème Knit Shawl
Embroidered in pink and blue flowers with dark green leaves, ourstylish dark charcoal gray poncho is a standout addition to our collection. It provides warmth and protection on wet, chilly days. Measuring 33” wide x 33” long, it is trimmed in 3” long fringe and is worn over the head for a cozy comfortable fit.
This piece is reflective of Mimi’s scene in the Met’s much-loved production of Puccini’s La Bohème, when she recounts her life alone in a lofty garret embroidering flowers, waiting for the spring.
Each one-of-a-kind piece is handmade from soft 100% acrylic yarns by artisans in the Andes of Peru, who depend upon income from their unique craft as the sole means of their support.
- A Met Opera Shop Exclusive
- Charcoal, pink, blue, green
- One size fits most
- 33” W x 33” L
- 3” fringe
- Knit from 100% acrylic yarns
- Handmade in Peru
- All fair trade
- Hand wash in cold water & mild soap. Do not use bleach. Dry flat.
One of the most popular operas of all time, Giacomo Puccini’s timeless masterpiece, La Bohème made its world première on February 1,1896, at the Teatro Regio in Turin, where it was conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini.
Set in Paris, in the 1830s, the near-destitute artist Marcello and poet Rodolfo try to keep warm on Christmas Eve in their Latin Quarter garret by feeding the stove with pages from Rodolfo’s latest drama. When Mimì, their neighbor, knocks on the door asking to borrow a candle she and Rodolfo
meet. Thus begins a fateful relationship as the two struggle to sustain their love against the challenges of poverty, jealousy and physical decline.
The Metropolitan Opera staged La Bohème for the first time on December 26,1900, with Luigi Mancinelli conducting. Since then it has been performed at the Met over a thousand times. Its 2018/2019 season production was hailed by the New York Times as “A thrilling La Bohème … radiating warmth … luxury cast”.
Puccini died in Brussels on November 29, 1924. The news of his death reached Rome during a performance of La Bohème. The opera was immediately stopped and the orchestra played Chopin’s Funeral March for the stunned audience.
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