La Bohème

Friday, September 30, 2022, 6:30 PM

  • Friday, September 30, 2022, 6:30 PM
  • Sunday, October 2, 2022, 6:30 PM

On 3 February 1896, two days after the premiere at Teatro Regio in Turin, the Roman newspaper “La Stampa” reported, “Just like La bohème does not leave much impression in the mind of the listeners, it will not leave much impression on the history of our lyric theatre.” Meanwhile, in spite of the crushing press reviews, the public stormed onto the Turin stage and the directors were forced to change the repertoire – during its first month, the opera was shown 24 times instead of the planned eight. And other triumphs soon followed on the stages in Palermo, Buenos Aires, Manchester, Moscow, London, Vienna, finally Paris…

Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème, one of the most famous melodramas of the stage, with a libretto penned by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, came to the Kraków Opera as the first premiere of the season 2015/2016. It is directed by Laco Adamik with stage sets and costumes designed by Barbara Kędzierska and Tomasz Tokarczyk in charge of the music. The opera transfers us to the world of 19th century Parisian bohemia. Parisian rooftops, an attic occupied by four impoverished artists, the Latin Quarter with Café Momus, the captivating romance between the poet Rodolfo and the embroiderer Mimì, all set to Puccini’s moving music… The original reviewer from „La Stampa” couldn’t have been more wrong! (Barbara Skowrońska)

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Direction: Laco Adamik
Musical direction: Tomasz Tokarczyk
Premiere: 25 September 2015

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During the artistic season, the Kraków Opera presents around 200 performances: world classics, operettas, and ballet and musical productions for children.

During the artistic season, the Kraków Opera presents around 200 performances enjoyed by an audience of nearly 70,000. Its repertoire includes world classics (Carmen, Tosca, la Boheme), operettas (The Gypsy Baron, Die Fledermaus), and ballet and musical productions for children. Polish artists of world renown, notably Małgorzata Walewska, Mariusz Kwiecień, Andrzej Dobber, Wojtek Śmiłek, and Łukasz Borowicz, enjoy working with the Kraków Opera. The popularity of opera productions in Kraków makes it necessary to book tickets long in  advance. The artistic season of the Kraków opera ends on a powerful forte: a summer festival presenting musical productions amid the extraordinary scenery of Wawel Castle courtyard.

Guest performances by theatres and concerts can also be seen on the hospitable stage of the Kraków Opera.

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