"La bohème" (opera): a short summary - love and poverty
The premiere of the opera took place in Turin in 1896, andsince then it does not descend from the scaffold of the best theaters in the world, although its creator was overcome by hesitation and doubt. But thanks to "Bohemia" the whole world started talking about the composer. Its summary will be presented here.
Puccini, La Boheme, first action
Paris, the thirties of the 19th century, the vestibuleChristmas is the time when the action takes place in the opera. On the stage is a room under the roof (attic), in which the poet Rudolph and the painter Marcel live. They are unrecognized geniuses, are in utter poverty, but extremely carefree. From the large window you can see the roofs of Paris and the pipes on them with a curling haze. The room is poorly furnished. In it there is only a table, a bed and chairs. There is no order - their books and papers are lying around as if it were horrible. The room is cold, as in the street. Marcel, working on the picture, now and then rubs his hands, as they are mercilessly freezing, pacing around the room, coming to the window, trying to keep warm in movement, sees the smoke coming from other people's pipes and envies. He complains to Rudolf of the nightmarish cold. Rudolph sacrifices his genius creation for ignition - tragedy. Without hesitation for a minute, Rudolph, also frozen, begins to kindle the fireplace, saying that the fiery passions of the heroes of the drama will blaze in him and they will warm up the room. So begins "Bohemia" - an opera, the brief content of which we begin to expound. At this time comes their friend, the philosopher Collin, who is also completely stiff in the street. Finally, the joyful musician Shonar rushes in and, like a magician, unfolds food on the table and puts bottles of wine.
The second action is the Latin Quarter
And in the elegant street, there is a lot of fun and life is boiling - Christmas is coming soon. Friends meet and five go to your favorite cafe.
Action third - on the outskirts of Paris
On the stage, the outskirts of the city and the tavern, a sign towhich was written by Marcel. Here lives Marcel with Musetta, and Mimi came to tell them that they had quarreled again with Rudolph. Passion for the third act has already heated up. This shows "Bohemia," an opera whose summary of the third action is that Rudolph thinks he should part with Mimi, she is very sick. He tells this to Marcel, but Mimi accidentally overheard their conversation.
The fourth action is in the attic
Again the same familiar room as in the firstaction. Marcel pensively stands at the easel, he does not draw, Rudolph does not write anything either. Rudolph dreams that Mimi will return. But Collin and Schonar come and set the table. Everyone is having fun and pretending that they are at a reception with the king. The action does not portend a tragic outcome. However, "La bohème", the opera, the summary of which is presented here, will turn to the listener entirely different side. Young people dance, portray a duel, but their fun is immediately interrupted when Musette comes in with Mimi's disease, which is quite weak. The patient is laid on the bed and she falls asleep, and at this time Musette gives her earrings to sell them, buy medicine and call a doctor, Collin leaves to sell the cloak, and Rudolph closes the windows so that the light does not hit Mimi's face. Schonar at this time leans toward her and sees that she is dead. On the faces of friends, Rudolph understands that irreparable happened. He rushes across the room to Mimi and freezes on his knees by the bed.
Opera "La bohème": reviews
The listeners like the voices and work of the conductor and orchestra. Puccini's music and plot touch hearts. Melodies are tremulous. The scenery is laconic, the characters' images are very bright.
History of creation
Two authors wrote the libretto, based onFrench melodrama. Puccini was very demanding. He wanted an organic combination of music and text, since, apparently, the melodies already sounded in his head and only asked for paper. He achieved what he wanted. The music of Giacomo Puccini wrote, as they say, "in one go." It did not take him even a year. The premiere of secular society and criticism was adopted very coldly. Only time has shown the fallacy of all judgments.