Skip to main content Official Visitor And Travel Site

Opera Company of Philadelphia Presents La Bohème

Puccini’s tale set against a backdrop of famed Impressionist art

Opera Company of Philadelphia

Crowd watches Opera on the Mall in front of Independence Hall. Credit: Opera Company of Philadelphia


Perhaps the most beloved work in all of opera, the Opera Company’s season opener sets Puccini’s romantic blockbuster La bohème in a beautiful and classic new production featuing masterpieces from The Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Vivid projections of some of the world’s most renowned Impressionist art from the turn of the 20th Century, including works from Renoir, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Cassatt, will set the stage at the Academy of Music.

La bohème tells the story of a shy seamstress (Mimí), a passionate poet (Rodolfo) and the colorful group of young boheminas living in the Latin Quarter of Paris around the turn of the 20th Century.

Notable selections from the famous opera include the duet O soave faniculla – “Oh gentle maiden” – and Musetta’s Waltz Quando m’en vo.

Directed by Davide Livermore, the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s performance of La bohème features soprano Norah Amsellem as Mimí and the company debut of Academy of Vocal Arts alumni tenor Brian Hymel as Rodolfo with Maestro Corrado Rovaris conducting.

Opera on the Mall

Celebrate the season opening with a free, public, big-screen broadcast of La bohème on Independence Mall. Join the Opera Company of Philadelphia for a free screening of Puccini under the stars on Saturday, October 6 at 7 p.m.

Registration for free tickets is required. Click here to register.


Academy of Music
240 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Find us on Facebook

By using this site, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy.

Go To Top