La Boheme is one of the best-known, and most often performed, operas in the world. It was composed by Italian Giacomo Puccini to a libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa and is loosely inspired by a series of stories by French writer Henri Murger that were published in novel form in 1851. The stories themselves were set a few years earlier in the Latin Quarter of Paris, and recounted the adventures of a number of young bohemians.
Puccini’s opera, which was first performed in 1896, focused on the doomed love affair between a poet named Rodolfo and a seamstress named Mimi. Saturday and Sunday at the RPL Theatre at 2 p.m., there will be a broadcast of the opera as performed at London’s Royal Opera House. Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Seniors & Students.
To give you a sense of what to expect, here’s an excerpt from a performance earlier this year at New York’s Metropolitan Opera: