La Bohème Educator Materials

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 Rent—La Bohème invites us into one of the most tragic romances of all time.

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


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
Schaunard Brad Walker
Benoît Dale Travis
Alcindoro Dale Travis
Conductor Carlo Montanaro
Director John Caird
Production Designer David Farley
Lighting Designer Michael James Clark
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

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

Educator Materials created with assistance from Andi Wong, Carolyn Spitz, Richard Laufman, Lisa Edsall Giglio, Matt Wolka and Kip Cranna.

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