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Giacomo Puccini

Publisher: AMP

La Bohème (1896)
Work Notes
G. Schirmer controls the rights in the English translation by Ruth and Thomas Martin for this work but does not supply orchestral materials.
Text Writer
Libretto by G. Giacosa and Luigi Illica. English translation by Ruth and Thomas Martin.
G Schirmer Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
English, Italian

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Programme Note
Giacomo Puccini La Bohème (1896)

Cast List:
   RODOLFO, a poet: Tenor
   SCHAUNARD, a musician: Baritone
   BENOIT, a landlord: Bass
   MIMI: Soprano
   MARCELLO, a painter: Baritone
   COLLINE, a philosopher: Bass
   ALCINDORO, a councillor of state: Bass
   MUSETTA: Soprano
   Townspeople, Soldiers, Servants, Children, Boys and Girls, Working Girls, Gendarmes, etc.

Four penniless artists share a draughty attic in early nineteenth-century Paris. The poet Rodolfo meets and falls in love with his neighbour Mimì, while the painter Marcello is reunited with his gregarious but kind-hearted ex-girlfriend Musetta. However the path of true love fails to run smoothly: Marcello’s jealousy and Rodolfo’s obsessive concern cause the relationships to end. Many months later, Musetta bursts unexpectedly into the attic with the news that Mimì, dying of consumption, is downstairs but too weak to come up. They carry her up the stairs and try to save her, but it is too late.

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