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

Item# 9781574674446

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

La Bohème
The passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys
and sorrows of love and loss. World premiere: Teatro Regio, Turin, 1896. Met premiere: Los Angeles (on tour), November 9, 1900.

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

The libretto sets the action in Paris, circa 1830. This is not a random setting, but rather reflects the issues and concerns of a particular time when, following the upheavals of revolution and war, French artists had lost their traditional support base of aristocracy and church. The story centers on self-conscious youth at odds with mainstream society—a Bohemian ambience that is clearly recognizable in any modern urban center.

Met History
With more than 1200 performances, La Bohème is the most frequently staged opera at the Met.


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