/ Modified jan 15, 2015 12:45 p.m.

Puccini's La Bohème - January 24, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera


Matinee broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, January 24, with a performance of La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini. The libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica is in Italian, based on Henri Murger's novel Scènes de la Vie de Bohème. The performance will run approximately three hours and ten minutes. Riccardo Frizza conducts.

The golden melodies of La Bohème 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. 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.

Mimì: Kristine Opolais
Musetta: Sonya Yoncheva
Rodolfo: Jean-François Borras
Marcello: Mariusz Kwiecien
Schaunard: Alessio Arduini
Colline: David Soar
Benoit/Alcindoro: John Del Carlo

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