Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe GiacosaPerformed in Italian with English supertitles

A chance encounter on a winter night changes everything for Mimì and Rodolfo, sending them into a deep, passionate whirlwind in the heart of Paris, living among other young bohemians who are making art and falling in love. This popular revival of Puccinis romantic blockbuster features sets and costumes inspired and enlivened by Impressionist masterpieces from theBarnes Foundationand thePhiladelphia Museum of Art.

SopranoVanessa Vasquezknown for melting all hearts (Chicago Tribune)makes her Opera Philadelphia debut as the shy seamstress Mimì alongsideEvan LeRoy Johnsons Rodolfo. BaritoneTroy Cookreturns to the role he had in 2012, during which he offered a strong, well-rounded portrayal of Marcello (Opera News).

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The running time is approximately 2 hours and 44 minutes including two 20-minute intermissions.

Production of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofa in Valencia, Spain, in 2012

Opera at the Academy is underwritten, in part, by Judy and Peter Leone

Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, born on December 22, 1858, started the operatic trend toward realism with his popular works, which are among the most often performed in opera history. But the fame and fortune that came with such successes asLa Bohme,Madama ButterflyandToscawere complicated by an often-troubled personal life. Puccini died of post-operative shock on November 29, 1924.Learn more about Puccini.

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