Opera is a form of theater with music. What makes opera so intense is the combination of words and music to transmit emotions in a play.
The Fach system categorises singers voices so that they can be aware of what they able to perform.
Soprano-The soprano is the highest female voice type and they often take the leading female role.
The History Behind La boheme
B) Les bohemiens deviennent riches rapidement
A) Scenes de la vie de boheme
1. La boheme is based of which book by Henri Burger ( 1822-1861) published in 1851?
C) Bohemiens sont gates intitules enfants
D) Les bohemiens ont vole ma glace
D) Ruggero Leoncavallo and Giacomo Puccini
B) Giuseppe Verdi and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
C) Richard Wagner and Giacomo Puccini
A) Richard Strauss and Philip Glass
2.There are two versions of La Boheme who created them?
3.Which version of La Boheme was more succseful initially?
Click around to find the 4 main characters
Poet His best mate is Marcello and his girlfriend is Mimi he breaks up with her because of money issues sad :(
Seamstress whose boyfriend is Rodolfo and her best mate is Mussetta. Mimi is really sick but she loves Rodlfo and all of her friends
Painter his best mate is Rodlfo cant stop thinking about his ex Musetta wants to enjoy life more
Singer who is always lookng for a new sugar daddy cant stop thinking about her ex Marcello and her best mate is Mimi
Click on act you intend to read
A) Rent/ Moulin Rouge
D) Mean girls/ Blair witch project
5. La Boheme has gone on to inspire artists and also has become a narrative in its own right which of the below films/plays/musicals have been inspired by La Boheme?
B) SpiderMan/ Alien
C) Free willy/ Madagasar
4.Which version of La Boheme is known world wide today?
Rodolfo decides to stay behind in order to finish a newspaper article while his friends promise to wait downstairs. Mimi enters asking Rodolfo to light her candle which has blown out on the staircase. Mimi says that her real name is Lucia and that she does not know why everybody calls her Mimi. She tells him that she embroiders flowers for a living. The three Bohemians downstairs wonder what has happened to Rodolfo and call him to hurry. Rodolfo offers his arm to Mimi and they leave together singing of their love to each other.
In their shabby attic, the painter Marcello and the poet Rodolfo Colline, their philosopher roommate, arrives having failed to sell some books. However at the moment of total despair, the fourth Bohemian, the musician Schaunard arrives triumphantly with wood, food, wine and money. As the four are about to leave, Benoit, their landlord, appears and they throw the married landlord out and escape paying the rent one more time.
Colline has had his beard trimmed, Schaunard has picked up a girl and only Marcello is alone. Rodolfo buys Mimi a bonnet and introduces her to his friends. Suddenly Marcello notices his old flame Musetta walk by expensively dressed on the arm of the old yet wealthy Alcindoro and followed by footmen loaded with parcels. Musetta also notices her former lover and sits close to him trying to attract his attention.
Mimi approaches looking for Marcello. She begs him to intervene on her behalf with Rodolfo as his jealousy has made their life together impossible. She hides when Rodolfo comes out of the tavern. He tells Marcello that he has had enough of Mimi and that he cannot stand her flirtations. But then he reveals the real truth: Mimi is very ill and his life of poverty will kill her, which is why they must part. She faints and when she comes to her senses she accepts Rodolfo's decision to part, but since they cannot bear to part immediately they agree to stay together until spring.
Just as in the opening act, Marcello and Rodolfo are trying to work, but are remorseful of their previous loves. As they are eating Musetta bursts in telling them that Mimi is very ill but does not dare to come in. Mimi expressed one wish only, to come to and die near Rodolfo. To make her last moments easier everyone tries to satisfy Mimi's last desires.
Tenor-Tenors frequently take the leading male role
Mezzo Soprano-Singing slightly lower than the soprano,Mezzos are too often relegated to supporting roles or villains.
Bass/Barritone-The lowest voice of all and The middle male voice
Pretending that one of her shoes is pinching her feet she sends Alcindoro to get a new one and throws herself into Marcello's arms. As the six merry makers are about to depart a waiter brings their bill, but they have no money left. Musetta adds their bill to hers and they all leave the stage happily.
Marcello and Musetta quarrel outside the tavern, Musetta arguing that she cannot stand his jealousy and the she hates lovers who behave like husbands. The bickering of the two lovers serves a perfect contrast to the peaceful and tranquil acceptance of love of Rodolfo and Mimi who leave hand in hand.
Musetta gives her earrings to Marcello and asks him to buy Mimi a warm muff. Colline goes to pawn his coat and bring a doctor. Alone with Rodolfo, Mimi recalls their first meeting, their short spell of happiness, their dreams and their love. She thanks her friends as they return and closes her eyes. As Musetta prays for Mimi's health Schaunard discovers that Mimi is dead and Marcello tries in vein to comfort Rodolfo.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Song Si mi chiamano
La Boheme Puccini
Che gilda manina
La Boheme Puccini
Mezzo Soprano singer
Song Nessun Dorma by Puccini
(not part of La Boheme)
As Marcello in La Boheme
The fach system can be simplified into:
LaBoheme History Quiz
La Boheme is based on the book Scenes de la vie de Boheme by Henri Burger ( 1822-1861) published in 1851.
There are two versions of La Boheme were created by Ruggero Leoncavallo and Giacomo Puccini.
Leoncavallo’s version of La Boheme was more successful initially but Puccini version of La Boheme is known world wide today.
La Boheme has gone on to inspire artists and also has become a narrative in its own right e.g.Rent/ Moulin Rouge are some of the films/plays/musicals that have been inspired by La Boheme.