April 03, 2020

La bohème: "Quando me'n vo'"

"Quando me'n vo'" (also known as "Musetta's Waltz") is a soprano aria from Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème

In La Bohème, a group of young Bohemians navigate the ups and downs of life and love while struggling to make ends meet in 19th-century Paris. The opera follows Rodolfo, Mimi, and their friends as they fall in love, fall apart, and fall ill in this ultimately tragic, but nevertheless beautiful story. 

Here, in Act Two, Mimì, Rodolfo, and their friends have come to Café Momus for a drink. Musetta appears, accompanied by Alcindoro, her rich admirer. Agitated at being ignored by Marcello, Musetta launches into a song — to provoke and seduce him.

“Quando me'n vo'”

Song title: "Quando me'n vo'" (Musetta's Waltz)

Opera: La bohème

Composer: Giacomo Puccini

Year Written: 1895 

Language: Italian

Performance dates: October 6, 2018 – January 31, 2019

Artists: Danielle de Niese (Musetta) and the Lyric Opera Orchestra under Maestro Domingo Hindoyan

Special thanks to the Chicago Federation of Musicians local 10-208 and artists of the American Guild of Musical Artists.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg