SFOpera - La Bohème

La Bohème

Love is the finest art of all.


Rodolfo and his friends are young and poor, but what does that matter: they have their art and Paris, full of glimmering possibilities. When Rodolfo meets Mimì, the two young lovers are consumed by passion. The world’s most beloved and influential opera—the inspiration behind RentLa Bohème invites us into one of the greatest romances of all time.

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. 

Pre-Opera Talks

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain.

Open Curtain Intermission 

On June 17 our curtain will remain open during intermission as a staff member narrates the live set changeover.

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Saturday 06/10/17 7:30PM Buy Tickets
Thursday 06/15/17 7:30PM * Buy Tickets
Saturday 06/17/17 7:30PM * Buy Tickets
Tuesday 06/20/17 7:30PM Buy Tickets
Friday 06/23/17 7:30PM Buy Tickets
Sunday 06/25/17 2:00PM * Buy Tickets
Thursday 06/29/17 7:30PM * Buy Tickets
Sunday 07/02/17 2:00PM Buy Tickets

Planning to see all three summer operas? Call the Box Office at (415) 864-3330 to save up to 30% on a 3-opera package.

* 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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La Bohème Events



Experience the drama and romance through song, movement and storytelling during this interactive workshop for families with children ages 7 and older.




Treat yourself to a feast of food trucks and music, and join us for a picnic in the courtyard before the performance of Puccini's popular Parisian romance, La Bohème on June 17.

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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
Schaunard Brad Walker
Benoit Dale Travis
Alcindoro Dale Travis


June 10, 15, 17, 20, 23, 25, and 29 
July 2, 2017

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

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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Give to our Spring Challenge! Thanks to Ann and Gordon Getty, longtime friends of the Company, all new and increased gifts of $75 or more received by July 31 will be matched. New gifts will be matched two-to-one, while increased gifts will be matched dollar for dollar! Learn more.

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Photo (top): Illustration by Matt Leunig. Design by Mission Minded.