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La Boheme

Enjoy a classic tragedy brought back to life by a stellar cast and the immortal staging of Franco Zeffirelli! An opera with unfathomable emotional depth woven into the timeless narrative, La Boheme has entertained and moved audiences for over a century.

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why you should watch la boheme

There is little doubt that La Boheme was Puccini’s magnum opus. With librettists Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, who collaborated with Puccini on Tosca and Madama Butterfly as well, contributing to this fantastic piece, it quickly rose to become one of the most frequently performed operas in the world. The story, which is based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger, is centred around unrequited love and the uncertainty of life. Unlike other operas that opt for sweeping vocals, La Boheme sticks to memorable melodies that accurately reflect the lives of its characters. It captures the struggles of early 18th Century European artists who had lost both aristocratic and ecclesiastical (church) support.

This is a revival of Academy Award-winning director Franco Zeffirelli’s exquisite production. Zeffirelli was also known for his versions of The Taming of the Shrew and Jesus of Nazareth. This production of La Boheme features some of the most celebrated opera artists including Matthew Polenzani, Joseph Calleja, Ailyn Perez, and Hei-Kyung Hong. From the brash and spirited character of Rodolfo to the delicate and refined Mimi, the artists do a fine job bringing out an intricate range of emotions. The opera will be led by seasoned conductor Marco Armiliato in October, November, and December, and Emmanual Villaume will succeed him in April and May.

The Story

La Boheme is set in the Latin Quarter of Paris in 1830. The destitute poet Rodolfo and artist Marcello struggle to keep themselves warm in winter by feeding the dying flame with the last remaining pages of the poet’s most recent drama. They live together with their friends Colline, the philosopher, and Schunard, the musician. After driving out their landlord by getting him drunk, Marcello, Schunard, and Colline depart for the Cafe Momus, leaving Rodolfo behind to finish his article. A knock on the door announces an unexpected visitor, and Rodolfo is joined by a beautiful young woman named Mimi. She feels faint and is rejuvenated by a sip of wine offered by Rodolfo. After declaring that she has lost her key, Mimi and Rodolfo begin scouring the room. In the darkness, their hands meet, and suddenly, they find themselves in love.

After living together for a while, Rodolfo soon realises that their time together is limited. Mimi is suffering from an illness that is only worsened by the poor living conditions in Rodolfo’s house. With no choice left, they part ways. What follows is a truly heartbreaking series of events set to gorgeously expressive tunes.

Good For

Fans of Giacomo Puccini’s Operas | Lovers of Romantic Tragedies


“This opera is, unsurprisingly, the most performed of the company’s history, and that experience made itself clear throughout the night.”
- Opera Wire

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Show Details

Show Timings
7:30 PM: Oct 25, 30 | Nov 5, 14, 21 | Jan 9, 17, 21 | Apr 29 | May 2
8:00 PM: Nov 2, 9 | Jan 25 | May 7
1:00 PM: Nov 2, 9
3:00 PM: Nov 17

2 hours and 57 minutes, including two intermissions

Leading Roles
Ailyn Perez and Hei-Kyung Hong as Mimi
Olga Kulychynska and Jacqueline Echols as Musetta
Matthew Polenzani as Rodolfo
David Bizic and Arthur Rucinski as Marcello

Produced by
Franco Zeffirelli

Conducted by
Marco Armiliato and Emmanuel Villaume

Additional Information

Suitable for ages 8 and up.

Available Facilities
In-house Bar
Wheelchair Accessible
Coat Check

The MET Opera has a seating capacity of 3,800.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Important Information
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.

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Theater Address

Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA

Getting There

By Subway

Get off at 66 St - Lincoln Center Subway Station using lines 1 or 2. The Metropolitan Opera House is just a 5-minute walk from here.

By Bus

Get off at Broadway/W 64 St using buses M5 or M7 or at Broadway/W 63 St using bus M104. The theatre is located across the street to the left. Alternatively, get off at Amsterdam Av/W 62 St using bus M11. The theatre is located on the right.


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