Puccini's story of love, loss and the artistic world of 19th-century Paris comes to vibrant life in this beloved production from LA Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Featuring strikingly designed sets and costumes, not to mention a bevy of brilliant young singers, La Bohème finds the poor poet Rodolfo and the painter Marcello drawn into a tangle of love and jealousy after the frail Mimi knocks on their door, desperately seeking help. These youthful dreamers navigate the complicated maze of romance amid the colorful Bohemian enclaves of the city and its snowy streets, until they realize they can no longer hide from the world's harsh realities. A huge hit when Puccini premiered it in 1896, the opera's popularity and power hasn't dimmed since. The dynamic Nino Machaidze returns to LA Opera in her role debut as Mimi, joined by a stellar cast. Gustavo Dudamel makes his LA Opera debut conducting the final two performances.
Running time is two hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission.