Puccini's beloved heartwarming story of starving artists falling in and out of love in 19th-century Paris is a seamless mix of romantic passion, poignant tragedy and high-spirited fun. The superb cast is headed by Romanian soprano superstar Angela Gheorghiu, who has wowed critics and audiences with both the beauty of her voice and the depth of her characterizations, and Polish tenor Piotr Beczala.
"This Is Opera Truly Not To Be Missed."
–San Francisco Examiner
"Audiences adore La Bohème, and the San Francisco Opera's latest revival makes it easy to see why," praises the San Jose Mercury News:
Angela Gheorghiu "returned in top form. Her voice is a thing of beauty—richly colored and wonderfully agile, with crystalline top notes—and she brought fresh, sweet tone and a touching sense of pathos to the role."
Music Director Designate Nicola Luisotti "led a sweeping, outsized performance, emphasizing Puccini's big emotional moments yet without sacrificing the tenderness of the poignant episodes."