The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Puccini’s La Bohème (Libretto)

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The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Puccini’s La Bohème – Libretto, Background, and Photos

Release Date: April 4, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera Presents: La Bohème provides all the information you’ll need to appreciate Puccini’s opera, whether you’re at the Met, watching it online, as a Live in HD presentation, or listening on the radio.

A passionate and timeless story of love among impoverished young artists in Paris, La Bohème has been staged at the Met more often than any other opera. Its story of tenderness and tragedy touches the heart, and makes a powerful impression even on those who are new to opera.

Each book in the Metropolitan Opera Presents series features the complete libretto, current and historic images from Met productions, an introductory “In Focus” feature, and the full Met program notes.

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Authors: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Series: Amadeus
Publisher: Amadeus Press

  • Softcover
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 208


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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