La Bohème Pendant Watch
Price: $48.00 Members: $38.40
La Bohème Pendant Watch
Exclusive to the Metropolitan Opera, our elegant pendant watch celebrates Giacomo Puccini’s time-honored opera, La Bohème.
Inspired by an antique piece, it is gold plated with a scratch-resistant surface, measures approximately 1 ½ inches in diameter and drops from a 27 inch long, open link, gold chain with clasp. High-precision Japanese movement ensures accuracy and reliability. Created to be lightweight and comfortable to wear.
In 1895, famed Milanese publishing company, Edizioni Ricordi, designed a dramatic poster announcing Tosca’s world premiere. A reproduction of that vintage lithograph is depicted on the face of this striking pendant.
La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake a convincing claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things—a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor—that make up our everyday lives.
World premiere: Teatro Regio, Turin, 1896.
Met company premiere: Los Angeles (on tour), November 9, 1900.
- A Met Opera Exclusive
- Metal case with scratch resistant gold plating
- Diameter: 1 ½”
- Chain: 27” L, open link, gold
- Image: Reproduction of 1895 Edizioni Ricordi poster
- High-precision Japanese movement
- Battery included
- All proceeds benefit the Metropolitan Opera
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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