Àlex Ollé makes a daring revision of Puccini's opera

Against a background dominated by the effects of industrialization and bourgeois values and an intellectual climate of materialism and scientific positivism, art became more realistic. Puccini's La Bohème, which evokes the fragility of happiness in an unhappy world, is one such “squarcio di vita” (slice of life).  It has sentimental overtones, however, which temper the harshness of social reality.

The characters created by Mürger in his Scènes de la vie de bohème reminisce about the hardship they endured as young artists (the Café Momus, the festivities, and poor Mimi, overtaken by death in the flower of her youth).

Àlex Ollé makes a bold re-reading of the opera, choosing a working-class area as the backcloth to this hankering for bygone years, for that fleeting moment when Mimì and Rodolfo were happy.  Puccini's sublime music expresses the very essence of the plot: memories viewed as the fragile threads that keep us attached to life.

La bohème, la bohème:
Ça voulait dire on a vingt ans.
La bohème, la bohème,
Et nous vivions de l’air du temps.

("La bohème, la bohème":
it meant that we were twenty.
"La bohème, la bohème",
and we lived on the air of time.)

Song: La bohème – lyrics by Jacques Plante, music by Charles Aznavour

With the support of:

La bohème


Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. 
World premiere: 1/02/1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turin.
First Barcelona performance: 10/04/1898 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Last Liceu performance:  08/07/2016.
Total number of Liceu performances: 271.

  • Approximate running time 2h 30m

Artistic profile

Giampaolo Bisanti
Stage director
Àlex Ollé
Set design
Alfons Flores
Lluc Castells
Lighting design
Urs Schönebaum
Teatro Regio Torino
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia
Chamber Chorus of the Palau de la Música Catalana
Director of the Chorus
Xavier Puig
Veus - Cor infantil Amics de la Unió
Director of the children chorus
Josep Vila Jover


RodolfoAtalla Ayan14th,16th,19th,21th,25th,27th,30th June and 2th July
Giorgio Berrugi15th,18th,20th,22th,26th,29th June and 1th July
SchaunardToni Marsol14th,16th,19th,21th,25th,27th,30th June and 2th July
Josep-Ramon Olivé15th,18th,20th,22th,26th,29th June and 1th July
Benoît / AlcindoroRoberto Accurso
MimìAnita Hartig14th,16th,19th,21th,25th,30th June and 2th July
Maria Teresa Leva15th,20th,26th,29th June
Adriana González18th,22th,27th June and 1th July
MarcelloRoberto de Candia14th,16th,19th,21th,25th,27th,30th June and 2th July
Damián del Castillo15th,18th,20th,22th,26th,29th June and 1th July
CollineGoderdzi Janelidze14th,16th,19th,21th,25th,27th,30th June and 2th July
Federico de Michelis15th,18th,20th,22th,26th,29th June and 1th July
MusettaValentina Naforniţa14th,16th,19th,21th,25th,27th,30th June and 2th July
Katerina Tretyakova15th,18th,20th,22th,26th,29th June and 1th July

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