Puccini’s La Boheme is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Love at first sight in Paris for the seamstress Mimi and the poet Rudolfo, struggling young artists, with a heartbreaking conclusion and that meltingly beautiful score. The inspiration for Rent, it’s the perfect opera for first-timers, for date night, for anyone (and much better musical theater than Rent).
And when the staging is by veteran British director Jonathan Miller, La Boheme is a must-see, a Cincinnati Opera co-production with the English National Opera updated to Paris in the early 1930s with a cast of exciting young singers, including the luminous Ailyn Pérez as Mimi and Richard Tucker Award winner Stephen Costello (a tenor) as Rudolfo.
Miller is a glorious polymath in a world of numbing specialization.
La Boheme is presented by Cincinnati Opera at 7:30 p.m. July 21 and 23 and 3 p.m. July 25 at Music Hall.
Read Anne Arenstein's full interview with Jonathan Miller here and get production and venue details.