Broadcasts from the Lyric Opera of Chicago continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, June 15th, with a performance of La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini, set to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The performance will run approximately two hours and thirty minutes. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.
The golden melodies of La Boheme transport audiences to Paris's Latin Quarter, where young artists struggle to make ends meet in icy cold garrets. But passions run hot because everyone's in love. Yearning, ecstasy, and despair all find expression in Puccini's music. The score exquisitely conveys the essence of every character to the extent that you'll feel as if you know each of them personally. The saucy femme fatale Musetta drives her painter beau mad with jealousy. The fragile seamstress Mimì and her ardent poet Rodolfo find true bliss in each other's arms, but, alas, tragedy strikes and he loses her in the end.