June 15, 17, 22 & 24, 2017 | 7:30 p.M.
Aronoff Center | Procter & Gamble Hall
The CSO's louis langr
ée conducts!

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
Rated PG

The season's performances of this opera have concluded.

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.


The Oakwood Register
"Left us breathless...[It] was dramatic perfection." Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
"Both inveterate opera fans and the unitiated alike would be impressed." Read the review.

Cincinnati Enquirer
"Both the uninitiated and inveterate opera fans will be impressed" Read the review.

Opera Lively
"The cast was uniformly excellent...There were standing ovations for all involved." Read the review.

Cast & Creative Team

Louis Langrée   Conductor

Mimì  Nicole Cabell
Musetta  Jessica Rivera
Rodolfo  Sean Panikkar
Marcello  Rodion Pogossov
Colline  Nathan Stark
Schaunard  Edward Nelson
Benoit/Alcindoro  Marco Nisticò

Conductor  Louis Langrée
Stage Director  Natascha Metherell
Scenic & Costume Designer  Isabella Bywater
Lighting Designer  Thomas C. Hase
Hair & Make-up Designer  James Geier
Chorus Master  Henri Venanzi

A co-production with English National Opera


Opera Insights
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.

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