Puccini’s Classic La Bohème Returns to the Metropolitan Opera, Starring
Barbara Frittoli, Ramón Vargas, Ana María Martínez, and Romanian Baritone Levente Molnár in his Met Debut.
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Italian soprano Maria Agresta makes her Met debut as Mimì on January 14,
opposite Bryan Hymel, Susanna Phillips, and Quinn Kelsey;
April and May performances feature Ailyn Pérez in her Met role debut as Musetta
Paolo Carignani and Dan Ettinger conduct the revival of Franco Zeffirelli’s lavish production, which has been performed more than 400 times since its 1982 premiere.
New York, NY – Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history, returns to the Met stage on Monday, November 23 for the first of seventeen performances throughout the season. The November and December performances, conducted by Paolo Carignani, will star Barbara Frittoli and Ramón Vargas as the lovers Mimì and Rodolfo, opposite American soprano Ana María Martínez as the spitfire Musetta in her first Met performances since 2005. Romanian baritone Levente Molnár makes his Met debut as the painter Marcello, with Alexey Lavrov as Schaunard, Christian Van Horn as Colline, and John Del Carlo as Benoit and Alcindoro.
On January 6, Italian soprano Maria Agresta — who has sung Mimì to acclaim at numerous major European houses including La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, and Paris Opera — will make her Met debut in the role. The January performances will feature Susanna Phillips as Musetta, a role she has sung more than 30 times with the company, with fellow American soprano Ailyn Pérez adding the role to her Met repertory in April. Bryan Hymel and Quinn Kelsey sing Rodolfo and Marcello, roles they first performed with the Met last season. The winter and spring performances, conducted by Dan Ettinger, will also feature David Pershall and Alessio Arduini as Schaunard; South Korean bass Kihwan Sim and Italian bass Roberto Tagliavini in their respective Met debuts as Colline; Hei-Kyung Hong as Mimì, a role she has sung more than 60 times with the company; and Jean-François Borras as Rodolfo.
Performances: November 23, 27, 30; December 5mat, 9, 12 eve; January 6, 9eve, 13, 16eve, 19, 23mat; April 15, 21, 25, 29; May 5. Curtain times vary: complete schedule here. Running time: 3 hours, including two intermissions.
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 on a first-come, first-served basis on the Met’s Web site. Tickets will go on sale for performances Monday-Friday at noon, matinees four hours before curtain, and Saturday evenings at 2pm.