About La Boheme
First performed in 1896, Giacomo Puccini’s story of the love between a dying young woman named Mimi and the impoverished writer Rodolfo, set in the artistic underworld of 1830s Paris, is one of the most popular operas ever written. It has also been performed at the Met more than any other work and returns this season in the acclaimed and definitive production by Franco Zeffirelli. Sopranos Maija Kovalevska, Anita Hartig and Barbara Frittoli take on the role of Mimì, while Joseph Calleja and Vittorio Grigolo share the role of her lover Rodolfo. Performances vary January 14–April 18, 2014
One of the most important culture institutions in the world, the Metropolitan Opera is also the largest classical music organization in North America. Every season it presents more than 25 different productions in rotating repertory from 18th century baroque to 19th century bel canto to 20th century minimalism. Premier artists from all over the world bring the passion of live opera to its stage. The first performance was in 1883 at the Met’s original location on Broadway between 39th and 40th streets. In 1966, the Met moved to its present home at Lincoln Center.
Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, the return of Tony winner Paolo Szot in the comic and absurd The Nose, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English, German, Italian and Spanish.
Two hours and 55 minutes
The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera is now open two hours prior to curtain to all Lincoln Center ticket-holders for pre-curtain and intermission dining. Pre-scheduled intermission dining is available to ensure a quick return to the performance. The Revlon Bar offers light snacks including sandwiches, paninis, dessert, and a full-service bar. The Belmont Room is available for pre-performance dining and intermission cocktail service for Guild Members at the Donor level (or higher) and Met Patrons. Pre-curtain and intermission bars are located in Founders Hall and on the Orchestra, Parterre (Parterre Box ticket holders only), Grand Tier, and Family Circle levels. Snacks are available. A pre-curtain and intermission bar is available in the Board Room for the members of the Metropolitan Opera Patron Program. Food and beverages are not permitted in the auditorium. Seating capacity is 3,800 plus 175 standing room spaces.
Did you know?
The 1996 musical Rent, by Jonathan Larson, was based on La Boheme. Larson shifted the setting to New York’s East Village, and Mimi’s fatal affliction was AIDS rather than tuberculosis, but the themes of countercultural romanticism endured.
La Boheme was staged at the Met for the first time in 1900, with the great soprano Nellie Melba singing the role of Mimi.
This tragic tale of idealistic young romance found and lost will move anyone who has ever fantasized about living for art and romance.
Good for kids?
This long opera has adult themes and may not be appropriate for children
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
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New York, NY 10023
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