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La bohème

Opera's quintessential love story.

Part of the 2021/22 Season

Overview

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 stage with nearly 100 on-stage performers ina  spectacular Parisian street scene. The cast will be announced later in 2021. We will invite as many of our 2020 cast members back as possible.

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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2020 Fall Season

Seattle Opera presents the fall season to entertain you, lift your spirits, and keep you connected to the music and artists you know and love. We are commited to presenting as many free opera performances as we can beginning in October with a series of three recitals.  

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Opera at Home


We are excited to be able to reschedule Puccini’s quintessential love story for our 2021/22 season. In the meantime, please enjoy some of our online offerings including Opera Talks, recitals, behind-the-scenes videos, and more.

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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

Artist Sponsor

Susan Buske–Will Liverman

Production Sponsors

Toby Bright and Nancy Ward
Barbara Stephanus

Ann P. Wyckoff
Artsfund
C.E. Stuart Charitable Trust
Additional support from 4Culture

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