Met Opera: La Bohème
A scene from 'La Bohème' | photo: MetOpera
by Giacomo Puccini
La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings.
The libretto sets the action in Paris, circa 1830. This is not a random setting, but rather reflects the issues and concerns of a particular time when, following the upheavals of revolution and war, French artists had lost their traditional support base of aristocracy and church. The story centers on self-conscious youth at odds with mainstream society — a Bohemian ambience that is clearly recognizable in any modern urban center. La Bohème captures this ethos in its earliest days.
Lyrical and touchingly beautiful, the score of La Bohème exerts an immediate emotional pull.
Start time: 10:00am on Capital Public Radio .
Approximate running time 3 hrs 5 min
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