La Bohème

Late-romantic opera in Italian

Giacomo Puccini
Luigi Illica
Giuseppe Giacosa


La bohème (French pronunciation: ​[la bɔ.ɛm], Italian: [la boˈɛm]) is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere performance of La bohème was in Turin on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio, conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini; its U.S. premiere took place the following year, 1897, in Los Angeles. Since then, La bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.

In 1946, fifty years after the opera's premiere, Toscanini conducted a performance of it on radio with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. This performance was eventually released on records and on compact disc. It is the only recording of a Puccini opera by its original conductor (see Recordings below).

Year 1895
Opening Night 1896
Time Period Late-romantic
Language Italian
Instrumentation Opera orchestra, Opera chorus


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La bohème.
G. Ricordi & C. (Milano [etc.]) cop. 1896
La bohème.
G. Ricordi & C. (Milano [etc.]) cop. 1896
La bohème
G. Ricordi y Cia. (Milán [etc.]) cop. 1898
Edición especial de la ópera en cuatro cuadros La bohème
G. Ricordi & Cº (París [etc.]) cop. 1898
La bohème
G. Ricordi & C. (Milano [etc.]) cop. 1898
La bohème
G. Ricordi & C. (Milan) cop. 1917
La Bohème
G. Ricordi 1895