Friday, January 28, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 2:00 PM

Memorial Auditorium at Duke Energy Center, Raleigh

LA BOHÈME is generously sponsored by E.T. Franklin, Jr.

The idea of “bohemian life” – that of young people in the city, living their lives, and freed from any constraints of tradition, family, religion (or money!) – has bewitched audiences from the beginning.  LA BOHÈME is the opera that won Puccini’s international reputation.  His gifts of characterization, atmosphere, and dramatic pacing were ideally suited to this already-popular story of young love in Paris.   At the premiere in 1896 the critics didn’t care for it, but the voice of the public soon overwhelmed them.  Whether it is the irresistible love of Mimì and Rodolfo, the good-natured quarrels of Marcello and Musetta, the witty repartee among the roommates, or the excitement of the Latin Quarter on Christmas Eve, every part of LA BOHÈME is a delight.

Presented in the Triangle for the time in eight years, Puccini’s beloved LA BOHÈME is the story of young love and loss in Paris that has enchanted audiences around the world.  Lucia Cesaroni makes her United States stage debut as Mimi, Scott Quinn (last heard here in Tosca) is Rodolfo, Jarrett Ott (The Pearl Fishers) is Marcello, Adam Lau (The Barber of Seville, Don Giovanni, Das Rheingold, Samson and Delilah) sings Colline.  Debuting artists include Shannon Kessler Dooley as Musetta, Timothy Murray as Schaunard, and conductor Joseph Mechavich. 

LA BOHÈME lasts approximately 2h15m, including one intermission.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Composer:     Giacomo Puccini

Librettist:        Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Premiere:       1896, Teatro Regio, Torino, Italy


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Single tickets go on sale on July 6, 2021.

Tickets bought for La bohème in the 20-21 season are still valid for the 21-22 season.

The Cast

Joseph Mechavich


Lucia Cesaroni


Scott Quinn


Jarrett Ott



Tim Murray