La Bohème

Giacomo Puccini

La Bohème tells the story of the forbidden love between Mimi and Rodolfo among the artists and ordinary people of Paris. Puccini is a master of the art of creating an intense melodic thread with well-rounded lyricism.

La Bohème © Vincent Pontet
La Bohème © Vincent Pontet
La Bohème © Vincent Pontet
La Bohème © Vincent Pontet
La Bohème © Vincent Pontet
La Bohème © Vincent Pontet
La Bohème © Vincent Pontet
La Bohème © Vincent Pontet
La Bohème © Vincent Pontet
La Bohème © Vincent Pontet


Lorenzo Passerini | direction
Eric Ruf | staging and scenography
Glysleïn Lefever | choreography
Christian Lacroix | costumes
Bertrand Couderc | lighting

Selene Zanetti | Mimi
Pene Pati | Rodolfo
Alexandre Duhamel | Marcello
Francesco Salvadori | Schaunard
Guilhem Worms | Colline
Amina Edris | Musetta
Marc Labonnette | Alcindoro / Benoît
Rodolphe Briand | Parpignol

Orchestre National de France
Chœur Unikanti, Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine | direction Gaël Darchen

Sung in Italien with French and English subtitles


Adapted from Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henry Murger, which was serialised in the Parisian newspaper Le Corsaire between 1845 and 1849, it was performed shortly afterwards as a play at the Théâtre des Variétés. The version by Puccini created the frail figure of Mimi. The general public viewed it as a picture of a whole era, of Paris and of the young, carefree artistic students at the turn of the century. Debussy himself declared: “I don’t know anyone who has described Paris in this era as well as Puccini in La Bohème”. Looking beyond realism, Puccini is above all a master of the art of creating an intense and richly lyrical melodic thread. The Mimi-Rodolfo pairing features the young Selene Zanetti, who has already excelled in this role in Venice, Stuttgart and Naples, and Samoan tenor Pene Pati, who was recently a great hit at the Opéra de Paris in L’Elixir d’amour, and as Romeo at the Opéra-Comique. We are in good hands with the “boss” of all thing French, Eric Ruf, who will deliver an original vision of Paris in the 19th century, and young conductor Lorenzo Passerini who will conduct the Orchestre National de France.

Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées | Opéra National de Bordeaux | Angers-Nantes Opéra | Opéra de Saint-Etienne
En partenariat avec France TV et France Inter

Avec le soutien d'Aline Foriel-Destezet, mécène principale des opéras mis en scène au Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

France Musique diffuse cet opéra le 2 septembre à 20h (Samedi à l'Opéra présenté par Judith Chaine).
La Bohème est diffusée sur France 5 le 22 octobre 2023 à 14h35 (captation réalisée par François Roussillon, coproduite par le Théâtre des Champs-Élysées et FRAprod, avec la participation de France télévisions et de Radio France, et le soutien du CNC).

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