La Boheme in Mannheim, January 12, first performance in 2019
Be ready for joyful palpitations, love infatuations and tears of tribulation when Puccini’s spell-binding violin music delivers the ultimate opera on unhappy love among artists in Paris in the 1830s. Four poverty-stricken artists, Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline and Schaunard, living together in a tiny attic, decide to celebrate Christmas Eve at their local hangout Café Momus.
Before Rodolfo joins the others, he meets his neighbour Mimi, and as Puccini’s lovely music plays, he falls in love with her instantly.
However, days without a care in the world end unexpectedly for the new couple when they discover that Mimi is terminally ill.
After a performance of Puccini’s La bohème, it is hard to feel anything but sparklingly in love and delightfully sentimental.
At least once in your life (perhaps more) you should treat yourself to the experience of Rodolfo and Mimi’s first meeting in the dark, damp and cold attic room. This is the sound of true love.