La Bohème was first performed at the Teatro Regio, Turin, on February 1st, 1896. The first production in Britain was on April 22nd, 1897, by the Carl Rosa Opera Company at the Theatre Royal, Manchester.
Undoubtedly Puccini's finest work, La Bohème expresses every facet of human emotion with its rich and colourful music. It is fresh and beautifully crafted, a hymn to youth which captivates both young and old.
Set in Paris in the 1830s among a group of impoverished Bohemians, the opera centres around the tragic love affair between the seamstress, Mimi, and Rodolfo, a poet. Frivolity, joy, tenderness and sorrow are all expressed in the wonderful music of this most treasured of operas. La Bohème is a masterpiece and is undoubtedly Puccini’s finest score.”
This production and cast are sensational and bring out the real heart of Puccini’s magnificent score