La Bohème

October 06. 2018 - January 31. 2019

Upcoming Dates

October 06. 2018 - January 31. 2019

New Production La Bohème


Why have audiences been falling in love with La bohème for more than 100 years?

Because, in the most captivating music Puccini ever composed, he shows us exactly what love is about. Mimì and Rodolfo are young lovers we all understand, and when they suffer, our hearts break for them. Their romance ultimately leads to tragedy, but along the way are treasured moments of pure ecstasy. We get to know this endearing pair and their Bohemian friends, and we totally connect with their feelings. La bohème remains forever youthful, eternally fresh. 

  • Language: Sung in Italian with projected English translations
  • Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes with 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

La bohème

by Giacomo Puccini

The music featured is generously furnished by Warner Classics.

"Che gelida manina!"

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"Quando m'en vo"

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La bohème

by Giacomo Puccini

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

© 2018/19 Lyric Opera Commentaries. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis. The music featured in Lyric Commentaries is generously furnished by Warner Classics.
A project of the Women’s Board


The opera is set in Paris.

Program book

Go inside this production of La bohème with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

View Digital Program Book

Meet the artists

* Lyric debut
** Ryan Opera Center alumni
*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble member

New Lyric coproduction of Puccini’s La bohème generously made possible by

Julius Frankel Foundation

Liz Stiffel

The Michael and Susan Avramovich Charitable Trust

Howard L. Gottlieb and Barbara G. Greis

Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow

A coproduction between Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Teatro Real Madrid.

Photos: Todd Rosenberg,  Royal Opera House