Story & Setting:
This opera is loosely based on the novel Scènes de la Vie de Bohème by Henry Murger, as well as inspired by events in Puccini's own life. Set in Paris 1830, the story centers on a group of artistic-minded youths at odds with mainstream society after the upheavals of revolution and war.
La Bohème is considered one of the world's most popular operas, thanks to its enduring themes of both love and loss. The orchestration is a steady flow that seamlessly supports the incessant action, even in larger scenes. One of the benchmark operas of the verismo (realism) movement, this classic has been performed at the Met Opera over 1,200 times.
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)