Puccini's La Bohème

Giancarlo del Monaco (stage director), Jesús López Cobos (music director) – With Inva Mula, Laura Giordano...

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Giancarlo del Monaco
Michael Scott
Wolfgang von Zoubek
Marco Carniti
Inva Mula — Mimi
Laura Giordano — Musetta
Aquiles Machado — Rodolfo
Fabio Maria Capitanucci — Marcello
David Menéndez — Schaunard
Felipe Bou — Colline
Gonzalo Fernández de Terán — Parpignol
Juan Tomás Martínez
Alfredo Mariotti — Alcindoro
Coro y Orquesta titular del Teatro Real (Coro Intermezzo y Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)
Jesús López Cobos

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The story

The opera begins in a cold garret in the Latin quarter of Paris on Christmas Eve, 1830. Rodolfo, a poet, and Marcello, a painter, are trying in vain to combat the cold; Rodolfo resorts to using his manuscripts as fuel for the fire. The philosopher, Colline, arrives, having tried unsuccessfully to pawn some books to alleviate their poverty. As the flames die down again, Schaunard, the musician, appears with two shop-boys loaded with firewood and food, which he has been able to buy with some money he has earned from a musical engagement. They decide to go to the Café Momus to join in the Christmas festivities, but before they have time to leave, the caretaker, Benoit, arrives to collect the rent. They ply him with wine and successfully divert him into telling them about his amorous flirtations. The wine loosens his tongue and he reveals to them his extramarital adventures whereupon, feigning indignation, they throw him out of the room – without paying, of course. Marcello, Colline and Schaunard set off for the café, and Rodolfo promises to join them when he has finished the article he is writing. No sooner have they left than there is another knock at the door. It is a neighbor, Mimi, a dressmaker whose candle has blown out on the stairs. Rodolfo invites her in and relights the candle but, as she leaves, she is seized with a fit of coughing. Rodolfo offers her wine and helps her to a chair. When she has recovered, she gets up to leave, but realizes she has lost the key to her room. The draft puts out both candles, and they are obliged to search for the key in darkness. As they search for it, Rodolfo finds it but does not say so, pretending to go on looking for it until his hand touches hers. It is very cold; as he warms her hand in his, he tells her about himself. She responds sympathetically, telling him of her solitary life embroidering flowers for a living, and they quickly find themselves drawn together in mutual love. Rodolfo's friends come back to fetch him; he tells them he is coming, but has company. The two lovers set out for the café.

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Venue: Teatro Real de Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
Production date: 2006
Duration: 1 h 56 min
Production: © Opus Arte / Teatro Real