Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Around 1830, in Paris, France, there are four Bohemians, the poet Rodolfo, the painter Marcello, the musician Schaunard, and the philosopher Colline in an old attic. They are poor, but happy. On the night of Christmas Eve, they all intend to go to a bar, but Rodolfo has not finished writing his poem yet. Rodolfo promises to join them soon, and the others leave.
A neighbor, Mimi, knocks on Rodolfo’s door, and she asks him to light her candle for her. But, Rodolfo’s candle goes out, too. Now, Mimi accidentally drops her key. When the two searches for it in the dark, they touch each other’s hand. They fall in love then.
At the Cafe Momus, Rodolfo introduces Mimi to his three friends. And, Musetta who is the painter Marcello’s lover arrives. Six members enjoy their Christmas Eve.
The next year, in February, Mimi visits Musetta and Marcello. Mimi consults Musetta about Rodolfo who is recently cold to her. Then, Rodolfo visits Marcello. Mimi hides at once. Rodolfo says to Marcello, “I love Mimi, but she has tuberculosis. I am poor, and I can’t buy any medicine for her, and can’t take care of her. I should say goodbye to her.” Then, Rodolfo notices Mimi. They love each other, but they decide to choose to live separately.
After some time, the four poor Bohemians live happily as usual. Musetta runs into their room with the dying Mimi. Mimi really wants to die at Rodolfo’s side. His friends go out to come up with the money to buy medicine for her. Rodolfo and Mimi remember the time they enjoyed together before. When their friends come back, Mimi takes her last breath. Rodolfo shouts Mimi’s name, and breaks down crying.
- Nathalie Avila as Mimi
- Derrek Stark* as Rodolfo
- Oscar Martínez as Marcello
- Diana Thompson as Musetta
- Daniel Snodgrass as Shaunard
- Diego Baner as Colline
- Ismael González as Benoit
- Ismael González as Alcindoro
- TBA as Parpignol
* First appearance with MLO
MLO Children Chorus
MLO Chorus and Orchestra
Chorus Master: Pablo Hernandez
Guest Conductor: Doris Lang Kosloff
Artistic Director: Raffaele Cardone
Dates: April 14th and 15th, 2018, South Miami Dade Cultural Center