La Bohème

MUSIC BY GIACOMO PUCCINI

 

All performances of La Bohème have been cancelled. Click here for more info.

 

Puccini’s portrayal of love and loss among a group of struggling artists has won over hearts for more than a century. Infused with melodies of unforgettable intimacy, buoyancy, and pathos, this masterpiece remains one of the most heart-wrenching emotional experiences on the opera stage. Conducted by former Music Director Nicola Luisotti.

A San Francisco Opera co-production

 

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 Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

 


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RUNNING TIME

Approximately 2 hours and 12 minutes, including one intermission

WHO SHOULD SEE IT

Fans of Baz Luhrmann’s bohemian romance Moulin Rouge and spinoffs like the musical Rent; and tragic romances like West Side Story, Titanic, and La La Land.

FOUND IN SERIES

A, D, R/R+RBW, G, J, MB, E, S/RBW, T, X, I, K, L, N, O, W

INVITE A FRIEND

Sunday 11/15/20 2:00PM
Wednesday 11/18/20 7:30PM
Saturday 11/21/20 7:30PM
Tuesday 11/24/20 7:30PM
Saturday 11/28/20 7:30PM
Sunday 11/29/20 2:00PM
Wednesday 12/02/20 7:30PM
Thursday 12/03/20 7:30PM
Friday 12/04/20 7:30PM
Saturday 12/05/20 7:30PM
Sunday 12/06/20 2:00PM
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THE BUZZ

“American tenor Michael Fabiano, radiant vocally but also a capable actor, is the life force of the evening, his Rodolfo vivid and credible.”
The Guardian

“From the first moment her Mimi entered the stage, stooped a bit from already failing lungs but tonally sumptuous across her vocal range, [soprano Maria] Agresta commanded attention.”
Chicago Tribune

“Caird enabled us to savor the sweetness of our youth and our romances and ravages, and we saw it from both outside and in.”
OperaWire

SYNOPSIS

It's Christmas Eve in Paris, and the writer Rodolfo is about to meet the woman of his dreams. But can their love survive the cruelty of a Paris winter?

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Cast and Creative

CAST
Mimì Maria Agresta *
Mimì Aurelia Florian ¹
Rodolfo Michael Fabiano
Rodolfo Arturo Chacón-Cruz ¹
Musetta Amina Edris
Musetta Janai Brugger
Marcello Artur Ruciński
Marcello Anthony Clark Evans ¹
Colline Soloman Howard
Benoit/Alcindoro Dale Travis

PERFORMANCES

November 15, 18, 21, 24, 28, and 29; December 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, 2020

CREATIVE
Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Production John Caird
Revival Director Shawna Lucey
Production Designer David Farley
Lighting Designer Michael James Clark
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

*  San Francisco Opera debut

¹  Nov. 28; Dec. 2, 4, and 6

A San Francisco Opera co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Canadian Opera Company.

 

Previous performances of La Bohème can be found in our Archive

MADE POSSIBLE BY

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson; San Francisco Opera Guild; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; and Joan and David Traitel.

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