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Total duration 2 h 30 min
1 intermission (25 min)
9 performances
11.12.2019 – 11.1.2020
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
15-109 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

A Bohemian rhapsody above the rooftops of Paris

La Bohème: Zach Borichevsky; Marjukka Tepponen

The winter in Paris is cold, the moon is shining above the rooftops. Art and love keep the young artists warm, while Puccini’s poignant music warms the hearts of the audience.

La Bohème: Zach Borichevsky; Marjukka Tepponen

The fateful love of a poet

It’s soon Christmas and the delicate Mimì steps into poet Rodolfo’s life. Their love is overshadowed by illness, and when spring arrives with its comforting rays, Mimì is becoming increasingly frail. The fleeting moments of joy have passed, and soon Mimì’s hands will be forever cold.

The sincerity of the young protagonists’ feelings and Puccini’s heartrending music have made La Bohème a firm favourite in every opera house. Katariina Lahti’s realistic, compelling direction takes the audience on an emotional journey into the bohemian Paris of yesteryear.

Recommended for children over the age of 9. 

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Synopsis

It’s Christmas Eve in Paris, and the bohemian artists’ attic room is freezing cold. When the landlord arrives to collect the rent, the four friends throw him out. They decide to spend the money on a proper dinner instead.

Poet Rodolfo stays at home to write as the others head out to Café Momus. Mimì from next door knocks on the door, asking Rodolfo to light her candle, which has gone out. Coughing, she gets ready to leave but realises she has dropped her key. While the two look for it together, Rodolfo takes her hand. They tell each other their life stories and fall in love.

It’s busy outside Cafè Momus: street traders, families, loners, the rich and the poor are all out for Christmas. Rodolfo has bought Mimì a bonnet. He presents her to his friends.

On a February morning, Mimì comes to meet Marcello. She opens up about Rodolfo’s jealousy and how it’s driving them to separation. When Rodolfo arrives, Mimì hides and we hear Rodolfo’s side of the story. A coughing fit exposes Mimì, who tells Rodolfo that they must break up.

Spring has arrived. The bohemians still live in their attic room, as poor as before. Musetta enters with the critically ill Mimì, saying that Mimì has left her lover and wants to die with Rodolfo by her side. Once left alone, Mimì and Rodolfo reminisce about their first encounter. Mimì says Rodolfo is her entire life, her love, her everything.

A doctor has been summoned, but help arrives too late. Mimì’s final words are followed by silence. It takes a moment before Rodolfo understands what has happened.

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La Bohème

”There are only two topics worth addressing in opera: love and death. La Bohème is about both, the entire narrative being a struggle between the two. When the warmth of the sun eagerly awaited by Mimì finally arrives, her hands grow cold forever. Death triumphs over light through poverty.”

– Katariina Lahti

Creative team

Director
Katariina Lahti
Choreography
Riikka Räsänen
Sets
Mark Väisänen
Costumes
Anna Sinkkonen

Cast

Schaunard
NN
Colline
NN
Benoit
NN
Alcindoro
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Performances and tickets

2 h 30 min
1 intermission (25 min)
9 performances
11.12.2019 – 11.1.2020
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
15-109 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Wed 11.12.2019
at 11:00
Päänäyttämö
sold out
Sat 14.12.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Wed 18.12.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Fri 20.12.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Sat 28.12.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Tue 31.12.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Sat 4.1.2020
at 14:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Thu 9.1.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Sat 11.1.2020
at 14:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale

You can buy individual tickets for season 2019–2020 performances in our online store at a 10% discount until 15 June. This discount only applies to normal priced tickets (not the H price category) to Main Stage performances. The discount is not given for tickets to visiting productions. Refreshment sales will start later in April.

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Sweet and savoury treats

Choose your favourite refreshments from this season’s tasty menu. You can easily add refreshments to your shopping basket while selecting tickets in our new online store. Refreshment sales for season 2019–2020 will start later in April.

The services of the Opera Restaurant are available before performances and during the interval. Order beforehand and avoid the queues.

Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific table for orders made via the online store. We may also seat several parties at the same table. You may be assigned a bar height table for enjoying refreshments standing up.