Salzburg Festival Opera: La Boheme

Salzburg Opera, La Boheme

From the archive

This film was last shown on 1 August 2012

LA BOHEME - Giacomo Puccini
LIVE from the Salzburg Festival

Conductor: Daniele Gatti
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Starring: Piotr Beczala, Anna Netrebko.

Approximate running time: Three hours

One of the most frequently performed of all operas, Puccini’s La Bohème is based on the tales of Henri Murger, who memorialised the life of Parisian artists and bohemians in the serialised novel Scènes de la Vie de Bohème in the mid-19th century. However, the opera barely has a plot. Rather, as in a film, scenes, images and impressions flit past the viewer, recording the friendship between four young Parisians: Rodolfo, a writer; Colline, a philosopher; Marcello, a painter; and Schaunard, a musician. In the midst of this vivacious but poverty-stricken artistic world, Rodolfo encounters the fragile seamstress Mimì. The two instantly fall in love, but Mimì’s failing health causes Rodolfo such suffering that she decides it would be better to leave him. Ultimately the lovers are briefly reunited, just in time for Mimì to die in Rodolfo’s arms.


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220 mins


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