La Bohème

Budapest, Hungarian State Opera
Budapest, Hungary
Erkel Theatre
Mon 16 December 19:00
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Synopsis
Act I
Rodolfo and Marcello are freezing in their cold attic-room. Despite the poet throwing the manuscript of his play in the fire, the burning love scenes cannot exude enough heat. Colline arrives - with empty hands, as pawnshops are closed on Christmas Eve. Schaunard, however, brings money and delicious food. They divide the money, and eat ravenously. Unexpectedly, the landlord turns up to collect the unsettled rent, but soon they manage to get rid of him, and make their way to the café. However. Rodolfo has to write a poem first, so he follows his three friends later. Hardly has he got down to work when there is a knock at the door: Mimì is standing at the threshold. The wind has blown her candle out. The two hearts soon reconcile, and love starts to blossom in the small attic-room lit by the magical moonlight.
Act II
While a colourful crowd is whirling in the bustling streets, in Cafe Momus the four good friends and Mimì are celebrating Christmas Eve. Marcello's former love, Musetta appears with an elderly gallant, Alcindoro. She immediately seizes the opportunity to regain the painter's affection. With some clever acting, she loses the fooled gallant, and falls into Marcello's arms. As the bohemians have run out of money, when Alcindoro returns to the cafe he finds only the unsettled bill.
Act III
At a foggy and cold dawn near Barriére d'Enfer, in the outskirts of Paris. Mimì is looking for Marcello, who is living with Musetta in the tavern next door. She tells him of her grief: Rodolfo is continuously torturing her with his jealousy, and always suggests that they should separate. Both suffer terribly, and still cannot live without the other. Marcello promises to help them. Mimì walks off, but after some steps she hides behind a tree. Rodolfo steps out of the tavern, and after some hesitation he tells his friend the reason for his strange behaviour. He still passionately loves Mimi, as strongly as at the start, but the girl is fatally ill; she only has a chance to survive if they separate and Mimì finds someone who can provide more adequate living conditions. Mimì's loud weeping reveals her presence and that she has heard everything. Mimì and Rodolfo, both in tears, decide to remain together until the spring, while Musetta and Marcello start one of their usual quarrels.
Act IV
Rodolfo and Marcello are working in the attic-room again, or, rather, they would be working if their memories did not disrupt their imagination. They are both daydreaming about Mimì and Musetta. Schaunard arrives with Colline, and the mood brightens. When the high spirits are at their zenith, Musetta arrives suddenly: Mimì is coming. She has collected all her strength so she could die in the place where she used to be so happy. The two lovers are left alone, and they recall their first encounter. Then the bohemians and Musetta return one by one. When Colline, the last to arrive, closes the door, Mimì - silently, and almost unnoticeably - falls into an eternal sleep.
Dr. Géza Till
Credits
General cast
Conductor
Balázs Kocsár / Gergely Kesselyák
Rodolfo
Rame Lahaj / Boldizsár László
Schaunard
Csaba Sándor / Attila Dobák
Marcello
Levente Molnár / Csaba Szegedi
Colline
Marcell Bakonyi / Krisztián Cser
Mimì
Gabriella Létay Kiss
Musetta
Zita Váradi / Orsolya Hajnalka Rőser
Benoît
Tamás Szüle / András Hábetler
Alcindoro
Ferenc Cserhalmi
Parpignol
László Beöthy-Kiss
Credits
Librettist
Luigi Illica / Giuseppe Giacosa
Director
Kálmán Nádasdy
Staged by
Sándor Palcsó
Set designer
Gusztáv Oláh
Costume designer
Tivadar Márk
Hungarian surtitles
Éva Lax
English surtitles
Arthur Roger Crane
Head of the Children's Chorus
Nikolett Hajzer
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki

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  • Synopsis

    Act I
    Rodolfo and Marcello are freezing in their cold attic-room. Despite the poet throwing the manuscript of his play in the fire, the burning love scenes cannot exude enough heat. Colline arrives - with empty hands, as pawnshops are closed on Christmas Eve. Schaunard, however, brings money and delicious food. They divide the money, and eat ravenously. Unexpectedly, the landlord turns up to collect the unsettled rent, but soon they manage to get rid of him, and make their way to the café. However. Rodolfo has to write a poem first, so he follows his three friends later. Hardly has he got down to work when there is a knock at the door: Mimì is standing at the threshold. The wind has blown her candle out. The two hearts soon reconcile, and love starts to blossom in the small attic-room lit by the magical moonlight.

    Act II
    While a colourful crowd is whirling in the bustling streets, in Cafe Momus the four good friends and Mimì are celebrating Christmas Eve. Marcello's former love, Musetta appears with an elderly gallant, Alcindoro. She immediately seizes the opportunity to regain the painter's affection. With some clever acting, she loses the fooled gallant, and falls into Marcello's arms. As the bohemians have run out of money, when Alcindoro returns to the cafe he finds only the unsettled bill.

    Act III
    At a foggy and cold dawn near Barriére d'Enfer, in the outskirts of Paris. Mimì is looking for Marcello, who is living with Musetta in the tavern next door. She tells him of her grief: Rodolfo is continuously torturing her with his jealousy, and always suggests that they should separate. Both suffer terribly, and still cannot live without the other. Marcello promises to help them. Mimì walks off, but after some steps she hides behind a tree. Rodolfo steps out of the tavern, and after some hesitation he tells his friend the reason for his strange behaviour. He still passionately loves Mimi, as strongly as at the start, but the girl is fatally ill; she only has a chance to survive if they separate and Mimì finds someone who can provide more adequate living conditions. Mimì's loud weeping reveals her presence and that she has heard everything. Mimì and Rodolfo, both in tears, decide to remain together until the spring, while Musetta and Marcello start one of their usual quarrels.

    Act IV
    Rodolfo and Marcello are working in the attic-room again, or, rather, they would be working if their memories did not disrupt their imagination. They are both daydreaming about Mimì and Musetta. Schaunard arrives with Colline, and the mood brightens. When the high spirits are at their zenith, Musetta arrives suddenly: Mimì is coming. She has collected all her strength so she could die in the place where she used to be so happy. The two lovers are left alone, and they recall their first encounter. Then the bohemians and Musetta return one by one. When Colline, the last to arrive, closes the door, Mimì - silently, and almost unnoticeably - falls into an eternal sleep.

    Dr. Géza Till

  • Credits

    General cast

    Conductor
    Balázs Kocsár / Gergely Kesselyák
    Rodolfo
    Rame Lahaj / Boldizsár László
    Schaunard
    Csaba Sándor / Attila Dobák
    Marcello
    Levente Molnár / Csaba Szegedi
    Colline
    Marcell Bakonyi / Krisztián Cser
    Mimì
    Gabriella Létay Kiss
    Musetta
    Zita Váradi / Orsolya Hajnalka Rőser
    Benoît
    Tamás Szüle / András Hábetler
    Alcindoro
    Ferenc Cserhalmi
    Parpignol
    László Beöthy-Kiss

    Credits

    Librettist
    Luigi Illica / Giuseppe Giacosa
    Director
    Kálmán Nádasdy
    Staged by
    Sándor Palcsó
    Set designer
    Gusztáv Oláh
    Costume designer
    Tivadar Márk
    Hungarian surtitles
    Éva Lax
    English surtitles
    Arthur Roger Crane
    Head of the Children's Chorus
    Nikolett Hajzer
    Chorus director
    Gábor Csiki

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