June 15, 17, 22 & 24 | 7:30 P.M.
Aronoff Center | Procter & Gamble Hall
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Sung in Italian with projected English translations
Performance length: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission
When a candle flickers, love sparks.
In her tiny room that Christmas Eve, a candle provided the only light—until the flame died. Resigned, she knocked on the door to another apartment, hoping for a match from a neighbor. Instead, Mimì discovered the love of her life.
For more than a century, Puccini’s most celebrated opera has moved audiences to both laughter and tears with its irresistible music and timeless tale. Our “immensely moving” (The Guardian) co-production with English National Opera, originally directed by the legendary Jonathan Miller, transports the story of penniless young lovers in Paris to the 1930s, as captured in the work of iconic photographers Brassaï and Cartier-Bresson. Louis Langrée, music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, will bring Puccini's colorful score to life in his Cincinnati Opera debut, leading his own orchestra in the pit.
Cast & Creative Team
A co-production with English National Opera
Enhance your La Bohème knowledge with a pre-curtain lecture in the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater one hour before each performance. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, provides overviews and insights into the opera's history, music, and production. Free to all La Bohème ticket holders. No reservations required.