Giacomo Puccini – La bohème
A smash hit for over a century, this profoundly romantic story of four young Parisians who sacrifice everything for art and love is guaranteed to touch your heart. Puccini’s unmatched gift for melody adds remarkable poignancy to the simple joys and heartbreaking sorrows of the idealistic bohemians. Camaraderie, compassion, and sincere emotional truths make the very human characters among the most appealing in opera. Their sweeping passions, masterfully conveyed by an iconic score, make La bohème easy to love – and impossible to forget.
The familiar and accessible music and eye-catching sets and costumes of La bohème appeal to children and adults alike. Children typically find the darker second half interesting, but not as relatable as the cheerful first half. Young opera-goers are unlikely to connect to the theme of nostalgia that pervades the work.
In Italian with English Subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance time: 2 hours, 36 minutes, including 2 intermissions
Movie-style rating PG for depictions of poverty and illness, the on-stage death of a character.