Puccini's La Bohème

Claus Guth (stage director), Gustavo Dudamel (music direction) – With Nicole Car (Mimì), Aida Garifullina (Musetta), Atalla Ayan (Rodolfo)...

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Claus Guth — Stage director

Etienne Pluss — Stage sets

Eva Dessecker — Costumes

Fabrice Kebour — Lighting

Arian Andiel — Video

Teresa Rotemberg — Choreographer

Yvonne Gebauer — Dramaturgy

Nicole Car — Mimì

Aida Garifullina — Musetta

Atalla Ayan — Rodolfo

Artur Ruciński — Marcello

Alessio Arduini — Schaunard

Roberto Tagliavini — Colline

Marc Labonnette — Alcindoro

Antonel Boldan — Parpignol

Florent Mbia — Sergente dei doganari

Jian-Hong Zhao — Un doganiere

Program notes

During the winter of 2017, the Opéra de Paris took audiences to the moon! Rediscover Puccini's timeless opera La Bohème in this fascinating production featuring Nicole Car as Mimi and Maestro Gustavo Dudamel as music director. In his inventive staging, Claus Guth sets the story in a dystopian future.

Premiered in Turin in 1896, Puccini's La Bohème was destined to become one of the most frequently performed operas of the repertoire. Yet at the time of its premiere, La Bohème was one of a wave of revolutionary new operas that brought the lives of common people to the opera stage. As Puccini himself explained, he put "great sorrow in little souls," and in doing so created a new style called verismo. The opera's now-familiar tale follows two young artists, Rodolfo and Marcello, as they negotiate their complicated lives and respective love affairs with the seamstress Mimi and the extravagant singer Musetta.

Stage director Claus Guth and musical director Gustavo Dudamel's 2017 production of La Bohème was a highlight of the Opéra Bastille's 2017/2018 season. As Mimi, Nicole Car led renowned colleagues Aida Garifullina (Musetta), Atalla Ayan (Rodolfo), Artur Ruciński (Marcello), Alessio Arduini (Schaunard), and Roberto Tagliavini (Colline). They are joined by the celebrated Orchestra and Choirs of the Opéra national de Paris.

Ernst & Young : Mécène principal de l’Opéra national de Paris
PAPREC : Mécène principal du Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris

Atalla Ayan appears courtesy of Sony Classical (Sony Classical's facebook and youtube pages).
Aida Garifullina appears courtesy of DECCA.

Photo: © Bernd Uhlig

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