LA BOhème

june 15, 17, 22 & 24 | 7:30 p.m.
aronoff center | procter & gamble hall

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Sung in Italian with projected English translations.

A candle flickers; love sparks.

In her tiny room that Christmas Eve, a candle provided the only light—until the flame died. Resigned, she knocked on the door to another apartment, hoping only for a match from a neighbor. Instead, Mimì discovered the love of her life.

For more than a century, Puccini’s most celebrated opera has moved audiences to both laughter and tears with its irresistible music and timeless tale. Our “immensely moving” (The Guardian) co-production with English National Opera, originally directed by the legendary Jonathan Miller, transports the story of penniless young lovers in Paris to the 1930s, as captured in the work of iconic photographers Brassaï and Cartier-Bresson. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director Louis Langrée will conduct.

Cast & Creative Team

Mimì  Nicole Cabell
Rodolfo  Sean Panikkar
Musetta  Jessica Rivera
Marcello  Rodion Pogossov
Colline  Nathan Stark
Schaunard  Edward Nelson
Benoit/Alcindoro  Marco Nisticò

Conductor  Louis Langrée
Stage Director  Natascha Metherell
Scenic & Costume Designer  Isabella Bywater
Lighting Designer  Thomas C. Hase
Hair & Make-up Designer  James Geier

A co-production with English National Opera


Opera Insights
Enhance your La Bohème knowledge with a pre-curtain lecture in the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater one hour before each performance. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, provides overviews and insights into the opera's history, music, and production. Free to all La Bohème ticket holders. No reservations required.