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La Bohème - Taormina Opera Stars

La Boheme

Aiax Spettacoli. Teatro Antico di Taormina.
Taormina Opera Stars

On August 30, 2022 at the Ancient Theater of Taormina, the prestigious Ukrainian National Theater performed Giacomo Puccini's most famous work: "Bohème".

The show saw the famous "bohemians" in the setting of the freezing Christmas Eve of Paris in 1830: the poet Rodolfo and the beautiful but unfortunate Mimì thus intertwine their destinies, between bright colors, suffering, disillusionment and hopeless love stories .
"No Puccini opera tugs at the heartstrings as hopelessly as Bohème"

La Bohème

Opera in quattro quadri

lyrics by

Joseph Giacosa

Luigi Illica

music by

Giacomo Puccini


Rodolfo, poet: tenor

Schaunard, musician: baritone

Benoit, landlord: bass

Mimi: soprano

Marcello, painter: baritone

Colline, philosopher: bass

Alcindoro, state councilor: low

Musetta: soprano

Parpignol, street vendor: tenor

Customs sergeant: bass

A customs officer: low


"Che gelida manina, se la lasci riscaldar."

This aria has become so popular that you risk to not

appreciate its originality: a three-paragraph structure

musically independent who, without seeking a tonal balance,

achieves a completely perfect affirmation, along with a

crescendo of ardor which constitutes a hypotest of the words.

The beginning is all tender delicacy, with the vocal line dominated by

squiggles of discanto entrusted to the flute and a masterful use of the sixth

suspended degree, which suggests a repressed desire.

The second sentence ("Who am I? ... I am a poet"), bold and confident, is

introduced by a whole-tone chord that blurs the tonality 

original and thus allows the autograph and the printed score to be found again.

The point of arrival of the air is the Rodolfo motif that emanates from the strings divided into pianissimo to a full voice climax over the whole orchestra.

The story of Mimì's life ("They call me Mimì") completely contrasts with Rodolfo's eloquence, but also in this case the form springs from the expressiveness of the character. It begins as a rondo, whose theme is placed on the flat side (F major) of the main tonality of the aria (D major), so that its reprises suggest a modest lowering of the eyes. Only when she lets herself be carried away, first by a cheerful description of her daily occupations, then by the joy of the April sun, she forgets her insecurity and so the initial reason. At this point the rondo is grafted onto a wider tertiary design: here the doubling of the melody and the bass in the orchestra, more insistent than in any other previous context, increases the propulsive effect of the softly syncopated accompaniment.

The resumption brings the aria to a conclusion on a note of regret: the flowers that Mimì embroider have no scent.

"Che gelida manina, se la lasci riscaldar"

Giacomo Puccini

La Bohème was born from a challenge between Giacomo Puccini and Ruggero Leoncavallo, who competed to write two works of the same name taken from the same source at the same time. After more than a century, Puccini's work is still among the most popular in the world, while Leoncavallo's has never been very successful.

La Bohème

Director: Mei Lin

Mei Lin
La Bohème Teatro Antico di Taormina. Aiax Opera e Balletto


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