La Bohème, the Most-Performed Opera in Met History,
Returns September 23 With All Six Principals Singing Their First Met Performances of the Leading Roles
Puccini’s timeless opera about tragic romance among struggling artists in 19th century Paris will return to the Met on September 23 for fifteen performances featuring a variety of rising stars in the leading roles. The opening performances will star Russian soprano Ekaterina Scherbachenko as the frail seamstress Mimì and American tenor Bryan Hymel as the lovesick poet Rodolfo. Greek soprano Myrtò Papatanasiu makes her Met debut as their coquettish friend Musetta, with American baritone Quinn Kelsey as the painter Marcello. Russian baritone Alexey Lavrov and English bass David Soar round out the sextet of bohemians. All six principals are singing these roles at the Met for the first time this sesason. Italian maestro Riccardo Frizza conducts the performances, which will be seen in Franco Zeffirelli’s lavish 1981 production.
This cast plays four performances through October 4, with Korean soprano Hei-Kyung Hong singing Mimì in the final performance.
The opera returns to the repertory November 14 for eleven performances with new cast members, including Kristine Opolais and Angela Gheorghiu as Mimì; Ramón Vargas and Jean-François Borras as Rodolfo; Myrtò Papatanasiu, Susanna Phillips, and Sonya Yoncheva as Musetta; and Italian baritone Alessio Arduini as Marcello.
Complete casting details and brief biographies of principal artists appearing in La Bohème this season are available in our online press room here.
Tickets begin at $25; for prices, more information, or to place an order, please call (212) 362-6000 or visit www.metopera.org. Special rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling (212) 341-5410 or visiting www.metopera.org/groups.
Same-day $25 rush tickets for all performances of La Bohème are available via lottery on the Met’s Web site. To enter, please click here beginning at 5 p.m. the day before a performance (Thursday at 5 p.m. for weekend performances.)
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