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La bohème

Opera's quintessential love story.

August 7-21, 2021
Tickets on sale 2021


Puccini's score is intoxicatingly beautiful.”

The Seattle Times

By Giacomo Puccini

A timeless story of love and loss. An audience favorite for over a century, this tale of four young Parisians who dedicate their lives to art and love is guaranteed to touch your heart. Puccini’s lush, romantic score—performed by a 60-piece orchestra—perfectly captures the simple joys and heartbreaking sorrows of the idealistic bohemians. Their camaraderie, conviction, and passions, masterfully conveyed by an iconic score, make La bohème easy to love—and impossible to forget.

The opera fills the McCaw Halls tage with nearly 100 on-stage performers ina  spectacular Parisian street scene. The cast will be announced later in 2020. We will invite as many of our 2020 cast memebers back as possible.

Tickets start at $35 and will be on sale in early 2021.

Performance Information

In Italian with English Subtitles
Performance Time: 2 hours, 36 minutes, including 2 intermissions

Performed at McCaw Hall | 321 Mercer Street | Directions & Parking

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Movie-style Rating: PG

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Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana update


Your health is our top priority. Therefore, to continue to comply with local public health officials' recommendations around social distancing we have decided to cancel our upcoming production of Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana

If you already have tickets for Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana your tickets will be automatically transferred into 2021 performance of La bohème.

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Opera at Home

We are excited to be able to reschedule Puccini’s quintessential love story for August 2021. In the meantime, please enjoy some of our online offerings including Opera Talks, recitals, behind-the-scenes videos, and more.

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Photos & Videos

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Articles & Events

La bohème 101 Podcast

A podcast introducing La bohème, narrated by Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean. Musical examples from Seattle Opera’s archival recordings of La bohème from 2007.

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Puccini: Back to the Future

Streaming Online

As we gear up for Puccini’s beloved La bohème, we’ll consider this vital creator whose genius had so much influence on the art and culture of the twentieth century.

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La bohème: How a movement got its name

This blog post explores the historical context and modern relevance of Puccini’s enduring classic.

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2020/21 Season Sponsor

Barbara Stephanus
James and Sherry Raisbeck

Production Sponsors

Ann P. Wyckoff
C.E. Stuart Charitable Trust
Barbara Stephanus
Toby Bright and Nancy Ward
Additional support from 4Culture

Main Image © Elise Bakketun | Photos: La bohème, Seattle Opera, 201 © Elise Bukketan