La Bohème

Columbia University/New York City Opera Project
Fall 2001

Welcome to this site, designed for students in the Columbia University course Music Humanities.

The subject of our Fall 2001 special project is Puccini's great opera, La Bohème.

Giacomo Puccini (1856-1924)
La Bohème (1896)

  • based on a story by Henri Murger: Scenes of the Bohemian Life [in French]
  • adapted as a libretto by Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa
  • music by Giacomo Puccini
  • the (important!) publisher was Giulio Ricordi.

Puccini: Brief Biography

From Puccini's letters

Puccini: Survey of Works

Reactions of the First-night Critics

Henri Murger Original Stories

Synopsis of the Opera


Complete Performance

La Bohème's Librettists

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