La Bohème

Puccini’s timeless story of love, heartbreak and the fragility of life returns by popular demand! Conducted by Carlo Montanaro, the opera’s sweeping melodies and heartfelt harmonies drive home the joy and sorrow of struggling young artists in 19th-century Paris.

Music by Giacomo Puccini | Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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Running Time

Approximately 2 hours, 20 minutes with one intermission

Who Should See It

Great for families and first-time operagoers. Fans of the musical Rent and the film Moulin Rouge. 

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Full Series: All
Half Series: B, F, T, H, K, N, W
Mini Series: MS4, MS5, MS6
Out of Town Series: OT7, OT8, OT9
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Saturday 06/10/17 7:30PM
Thursday 06/15/17 7:30PM *
Saturday 06/17/17 7:30PM *
Tuesday 06/20/17 7:30PM
Friday 06/23/17 7:30PM
Sunday 06/25/17 2:00PM *
Thursday 06/29/17 7:30PM *
Sunday 07/02/17 2:00PM


Tickets for the 2016–17 Season are now available only by subscribing. Individual tickets go on sale Monday, June 27, 2016.

* OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for this performance, is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.

The Buzz

Seattle Opera’s La Bohème “conducted by Carlo Montanaro with flair and perceptivity in equal measure”

Seattle Times

"Ellie Dehn possesses a beautiful, bronzed and rich soprano.”

The New York Times

“Tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz made a company debut of enormous grace, charisma and stamina. Here, clearly, is a singer of major promise.”

San Francisco Chronicle


Young Parisians struggle to maintain their relationships amid heartache and hardship.

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Cast & Creative

Mimì Erika Grimaldi 1
Mimì Julie Adams 2
Musetta Ellie Dehn
Rodolfo Arturo Chacón-Cruz
Marcello Audun Iversen
Colline Scott Conner


June 10, 15, 17, 20, 23, 25, and 29 
July 2

Conductor Carlo Montanaro
Director John Caird
Production Designer David Farley
Lighting Designer Michael James Clark
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

1June 10, 15, 17, 23, 29, and July 2

2June 20 and 25

Previous performances of La Bohème can be found in our Archive.

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Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by: The Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Fund; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Conductors Fund and the Emerging Stars Fund.

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Photo (top): San Francisco Opera production of La Bohème/Cory Weaver