by Giacomo Puccini
Nicola Luisotti, San Francisco Opera's music director and a master of the Italian repertoire, conducts Puccini's most beloved opera. This 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 outstanding cast is headed by superstar Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu as the ill-fated Mimì and by Polish tenor Piotr Beczala as her lover, the poet Rodolfo. Recorded Fall 2008, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco.
"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… Glorious singing, gripping music and a touching love story...were on brilliant display." (San Jose Mercury News)
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Running Time of Opera: 2 hours and 3 minutes with one intermission
Intermission includes a behind-the-scenes interview