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La Bohème

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Opera by Giacomo Puccini - Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after "Scènes de la vie de bohème" by Henri Murger - In Italian with German surtitles

Paris in the 1890s: The poet Rodolfo shares a poor apartment with the painter Marcello, the musician Schaunard and the philosopher Colline in Paris' artists' quarter Quartier Latin. During a chance encounter, Rodolfo and his neighbor Mimì fall madly in love. But soon quarrels, jealousy and Mimì's increasingly deteriorating health will put their happiness to a severe test ...

The Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger from 1851 were the source of inspiration for the composer Giacomo Puccini and his librettists Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa for their opera La Bohème, which premiered in 1896. The composer saw in the original not only the "ideal material for an opera" full of love, jealousy and great emotions, but also the potential to move his audience to tears through his music.

Director Gil Mehmert stages Puccini's classic, which is one of the most performed and popular operas ever, in a double bill with Jonathan Larson's 1996 musical RENT, a modern rewriting of the well-known operatic material.

  • On Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, both plays can also be experienced as a double bill on the same day in a combination ticket.

Shooting star Jonathan Tetelman, one of the world's most important tenors, will be a one-time guest in Dortmund for the gala performance on December 10.
The engagement of Jonathan Tetelman is made possible by the Theater- und Konzertfreunde Dortmund.


Mimì Anna Sohn, Zhala Ismailova
Musetta Rinnat Moriah, Sooyeon Lee
Rodolfo Sergey Romanovsky, Sungho Kim, Jonathan Tetelman
Marcello Mandla Mndebele, Daegyun Jeong
Schaunard Morgan Moody, Daegyun Jeong
Colline Denis Velev
Parpignol Błażej Grek
Monsieur Benoît Ian Sidden
Alcindoro Hiroyuki Inoue
A customs officer Carl Kaiser
Sergeant of the customs guard Youngbin Park
Ensemble Elena Franke, Anna Hirzberger, Alina Simon, Jonathan Guth, Max Lochmüller

Opera Choir Theater Dortmund
Opera Children's Choir Choir Academy
Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra

Musical direction Gabriel Feltz, Motonori Kobayashi, Olivia Lee-Gundermann
Director Gil Mehmert
Stage Jens Kilian
Collaboration stage Mara Lena Schönborn
Costumes Falk Bauer
Lighting design Michael Grundner
Choir re hearsalFabio Mancini
Rehearsal children's choir Elisabeth Strake
Dramaturgy Dr. Daniel C. Schindler
Director of studies Thomas Hannig
Production management Fabian Schäfer
Assistant Director Dominik Kastl
Stage design assistant Mara Lena Schönborn
Costume assistance René Neumann
stage management Ulas Nagler, Alexander Becker
Soufflage Adriana Naldoni

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Price information:

Admission free for students of the TU and FH Dortmund


Opernhaus Dortmund Platz der Alten Synagoge 44137 Dortmund

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Theater Dortmund
Theater Dortmund Theaterkarree 1-3 44137 Dortmund