Contrabasso from Come To The Opera - Puccini, G.- La Boheme - Mi chiamano Mimi - arr, for Soprano & String Orchestra by Gerald Manning

Composer
Puccini, G.
Publisher
Duration
4 minutes
Genre
Classical music

LA BOHEME: opera in 4 acts, libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa based on �Scenes de la vie de Boheme� by Henry Murger, music by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), first performance at the Teatro Regio, Turin on 1st February 1896.

The protagonists: Mimi (soprano); Rodolfo (tenor), a poet; Marcello (baritone), a painter; Musetta (soprano); Colline (bass), a philosopher; Schaunard (baritone)), musician; Benoit (bass), landlord; Parpignol (tenor), a toy-seller; Alcindo (bass), a councillor; a Customs Officer (bass); a Sergeant (bass)

Townspeople, merchants, peasants

Location: Paris; time: c, 1830

La Boheme was Puccini�s fourth opera and the second of his four mature works: Turandot, La Boheme, Tosca and Madame Butterfly. Its premiere was a success � although not as great a success as �Manon Lescaut�, which was premiered three years earlier. The Milanese publisher Ricordi had decided, much to Puccini�s displeasure, that the performance would be conducted by the then relatively unknown but fast-rising 28-year-old musical director of the Teatro Regio, Arturo Toscanini, and although Puccini supervised the rehearsals he would have preferred to be collaborating with a more famous conductor.

However the opera proved to be a great success with the public and ever since then is firmly established as one of the three or four most popular operas in the repertoire.

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