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La Bohème

Opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924). Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after Henri Murger’s novel.

Revival premiere of Puccini’s beloved opera.

  • Duration

    2 hrs 30 mins, incl. 1 interval

  • Dates

    13 May 2023

  • Stage

    Main Stage

  • Genre


  • Language

    Italian. Texted in Swedish and English.

  • Price

    150–690 kr

  • Accessibility

Once, we were all going to live forever. Puccini’s La Bohème is easy to love. In four short acts, Puccini’s La Bohème captures the recklessness of youth, where it blossoms, wilts and dies.

‘Tearfully beautiful’ SR Kulturnytt
‘Sensational’ Expressen
‘Musical excellence’ Dagens Nyheter
‘A nostalgic feel-good show’ Svenska Dagbladet
‘A tearful evening in all the right ways’ SR Kulturnytt
‘Creative and powerful’ Borås Tidning
‘Watch it. You’ll be transported straight into the magical world of opera!’ SR Sjuhärad


In Paris, young poet Rodolfo bumps into a neighbour in the dark. He remarks how cold her hand is, and she tells him her name is Mimì. The start of love affair can be as simple as that. But something is wrong with Mimì. She seems ill, and the couple’s and their friends’ intensive lifestyle doesn’t help matters. When spring comes to Paris, it doesn’t only bring life. And love does not conquer all.

Puccini’s La Bohème is easy to love. In four short acts, he captures the essence of the recklessness of youth, where youth itself blossoms, wilts and dies. Joy and despair co-exist in tandem.

We welcome the revival of our successful production from 2020, by a young, British team is set in a dreary 1970’s Paris; a time and place where bohemian intellectuals, student revolts and protest marches reawakened dreams of a better, more just society. In her role debut as Mimì, Ida Falk Winland masterfully exhibits the delicate balance between endurance and fragility. Conductor Vincenzo Milletarì sets Puccini’s music free to fly as high as these young adults’ dreams.


From the 2020 production

Rodolfo (Jan/Feb)Andrei Danilov
Rodolfo (April/May)

Thomas Atkins

Musetta (Jan/Feb)Mia Karlsson
Musetta (April/May)Sofie Asplund

Ronnie Karlsson

SchaunardHannes Öberg

Dardan Bakraqi


Kristoffer Töyrä

Göteborg Opera Chorus
Göteborg Opera Orchestra
Göteborg Opera Children’s Choir


Photos from the performance

Curious about La Bohème?

“What is a bohemian, really?”
Panel discussion about La bohème

Recorded on the Göteborg Opera’s Small Stage, on 22 January 2020.

Participants: Thomas Atkins (Rodolfo), Luthando Qave (Marcello), Mia Karlsson (Musetta), Karen Kamensek (conductor), Max Webster (regissör), Fly Davis (scenografi & kostym). Panel chair: Göran Gademan (dramaturge)

Musical interludes, with Karin Holm at the piano. The discussion is in English.

Curious about La Bohème?

Listen to a panel discussion