One of opera’s most popular and enduring classics, Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, memorializes the ardent passions of young Bohemian artists struggling to love, create and survive in mid-19th century Paris.
Living together in a small Parisian garret, Rodolfo writes, Marcello paints, Schaunard composes and Colline philosophizes. When Rodolfo meets the delicate Mimì, he is immediately struck by her beauty and the two sing the famous duet, “O soave fanciulla” (“Oh lovely maiden”). Still, the passionate love of Rodolfo and Mimì struggles to survive the brutal and unforgiving realities of poverty.
Puccini’s opera ultimately honors that tragic struggle – the struggle to create, to love, to live the Bohemian life. For over one hundred years, audiences have shared the hopes, the joys and the passions of these young artists, celebrating the bohemians’ unyielding commitment to seizing each new day with fervor.
Directed by Enrico Castiglione, La Bohème will be staged on the magnificent outdoor stage of the Ancient Greek Theater of Taormina, overlooking Mount Etna and the picturesque Sicilian coast. It features costumes by Sonia Cammarata and is conducted by Li Xincao.
DirectorEnrico Castiglione, with costumes by Sonia Cammarata
CastKaren Gardeazabal | Massimo Giordano | Bing Bing Wang
Number of actsOpera in four acts
Total running time134 mins
Running time by actActs 1&2: 1:00:31 h | intermission (w. timer) 0:15:00 | Acts 3&4: 0:58:29
Date of performance2017-07-05Share on Facebook