La bohème

September 23 - October 2, 2022

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Emerson Colonial Theatre
106 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116


How does a group of young artists go from tragedy to hope? From death to life? From loneliness to love? In this visionary treatment of Puccini’s masterpiece La bohème, BLO does just that — by presenting the opera in reverse order. From finish to start, from death to the promise of new love, from loneliness and despair to the joy of friendships, wine, and song, this reversal presents the characters and arias we love in a refreshing, new vision of the story. Our favorite starving young artists and lovers survive to live another day.

Approximate running time: 100 minutes
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Lauren Michelle – Mimi
Jesus Garcia – Rodolfo
Edward Parks – Marcello
Benjamin Taylor – Schaunard
William Guanbo Su – Colline
David Angus – Conductor
Yuval Sharon – Director
John Conklin – Stage Design
Jessica Jahn – Costume Design

A co-production of Boston Lyric Opera, Detroit Opera, and Spoleto Festival, USA.
This production of  La bohème is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.