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La Boheme

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2 hrs 30 mins

Rediscover Puccini’s timeless opera, La Boheme, in this fascinating production. Set in space, director Claus Guth’s inventive production of La Boheme for Paris Opera is infinitely worth watching! With much of the action springing forth from Rodolfo’s memory, Guth has created a universe light-years away in a sublimely surprising setting.

Why Watch La Boheme

Puccini’s La Boheme was destined to become one of the most frequented of operas. It was one of the waves of revolutionary operas that brought the life of common people to the opera stage. The now-familiar tale of the two young artists, Rodolfo and Marcello, as they negotiated their complicated lives and their respective love affairs with the poor seamstress, La Boheme has become a beloved classic. The staging of this new production has been entrusted to director Claus Guth who sets the mood in the future, millions of light-years away, in a space which is devoid of love and hope. Puccini’s story does not lend itself for abstraction easily which is why this production is as inventive as they come. The story, told to the audience through a number of log entries translated by Rodolfo straight from the crutches of his past memory, is that the four Bohemians are on a space expedition that becomes increasingly hopeless with little chance for survival. The first half of the opera takes place in the space capsule, while the second half finds the cast padding about in a lunar landscape accompanied by space-suited astronauts. Mimi is brought alive in the mind of Rodolfo in a stunning red dress which gives away the impression that Rodolfo longs for feminine companionship after being cooped up in space for too long.

This staging represents a genuine attempt on Guth’s part to engage with one of the best-loved works in the canon.

The Show

No one has done a better job in explaining the plight of the half-starved, struggling artists of mid-nineteenth-century Paris better than Henri Murger in La Boheme. A bunch of Bohemian artists are ready to burn a manuscript to keep them warm, yet, in an era of triumphant bourgeois materialism, they dream of another time, another existence. Puccini offers us a heartbreaking love story with some of the most beautiful and moving music in the history of opera, all while telling the story of the poet Rodolfo and the fragile Mimi.

Set in space, much of the story is a flashback in the mind of Rodolfo who reminisces of the timeless love he shared with Mimi.

Good For

Fans of Romantic Tales | Lovers of Opera | Fans of Giacomo Puccini

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

The show is available on the 11th of July 2020

Show Timings

Saturday 7:30 PM

2 hours 30 minutes with one interval

Marina Costa-Jackson as Mimi
Elena Tsallagova as Musetta
Benjamin Bernheim as Rodolfo
Gabriele Viviani as Marcello
Krzysztof Bączyk as Colline

Music By
Giacomo Puccini

Directed By
Claus Guth

Choreographed By
Teresa Rotemberg

Set Design
Étienne Pluss

Italian with French and English subtitles


It is forbidden to photograph, film or record the show.

Suitable for ages 6+

Available Facilities
A quota of places is reserved for people in wheelchairs

Opera Bastille has a seating capacity of 2,723

Outside Food
It is forbidden to consume food and / or drinks in the theater.

Dress Code
There is no particular dress code, however a correct dress is required.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the Box Office of Opera Bastille, 45 minutes before the performance.

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