La bohème

Teatro Regio, Sunday 26 October 2008 - Thursday 30 October 2008


Stage photo

Exactly three years after the première of Manon Lescaut, Giacomo Puccini returned to the Teatro Regio di Torino, presenting La Bohème on 1 February 1896. The opera, on the libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, is taken from Scénes de la vie de Bohème by Henri Murger. On the progress of the opera, the newspapers of that period wrote about the quarrels between Puccini and Leoncavallo because both of them were working on the same subject (La Bohème by Leoncavallo, which never became part of the regular repertoire, was premièred on 6 May 1897 at the Fenice in Venice). The opera was a success with the public, but the Torino press expressed some perplexity: for Carlo Bersezio, La Bohème was «the mistake of the moment»; Carlo D’Ormeville wrote in a telegram: «Bohème failed opera won’t become known». Two opinions that went down in history because they were contradicted by the extraordinary popularity that the opera continues to have all over the world.




Main data

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Year of the first performance: 1896 Teatro Regio Torino

Previous staging:

1896, 1898, 1908, 1916, 1927, 1934 (2), 1939, 1948, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1963, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1984 (2), 1992, 1996 (2), 2004, 2006.