Friday, January 28, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 2:00 PM

Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

LA BOHÈME is generously sponsored by E.T. Franklin, Jr.

North Carolina Opera presents a new production of LA BOHÈME, with sets designed by Steven Kemp. 

The idea of “bohemian life” – that of young people in the city, living their lives, and freed from any constraints of tradition, family, religion (or money!) – has bewitched audiences from the beginning. LA BOHÈME is the opera that won Puccini’s international reputation. His gifts of characterization, atmosphere, and dramatic pacing were ideally suited to this already-popular story of young love in Paris.  At the premiere in 1896 the critics didn’t care for it, but the voice of the public soon overwhelmed them. Whether it is the irresistible love of Mimì and Rodolfo, the good-natured quarrels of Marcello and Musetta, the witty repartee among the roommates, or the excitement of the Latin Quarter on Christmas Eve, every part of LA BOHÈME is a delight.

Presented in the Triangle for the time in eight years, Puccini’s beloved LA BOHÈME is the story of young love and loss in Paris that has enchanted audiences around the world. Lucia Cesaroni makes her United States stage debut as Mimi, Scott Quinn (last heard here in Tosca) is Rodolfo, Levi Hernandez is Marcello, Adam Lau (The Barber of Seville, Don Giovanni, Das Rheingold, Samson and Delilah) sings Colline.  Debuting artists include Shannon Kessler Dooley as Musetta, Timothy Murray as Schaunard, and conductor Joseph Mechavich. 

LA BOHÈME lasts approximately 2h25m, including one intermission.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Composer:     Giacomo Puccini

Librettist:        Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Premiere:       1896, Teatro Regio, Torino, Italy

COVID-19 Health and Safety Updates

As of Oct. 1, 2021, the resident companies of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, including North Carolina Opera, require proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test dated within the past 72 hours for entry for those older than 12. We ask that all guests continue to wear face masks while inside the building.

By purchasing a ticket to an upcoming event with North Carolina Opera, you agree to follow all health and safety guidelines in place at the time of the event.

More info.

Tickets purchased for La Bohème in the 2020-2021 season are still valid for the 2021-2022 season.

For accessible seating options, please call the Box Office at 919.792.3853.

Audio Description by Arts Access available for the Friday, January 28 performance.


The Artists

Stage Director