SFOpera - La Bohème

La Bohème

Love is the finest art of all.


Rodolfo and his friends are young and poor, but what does that matter: they have their art and Paris, full of glimmering possibilities. When Rodolfo meets Mimì, the two young lovers are consumed by passion. The world’s most beloved and influential opera—the inspiration behind RentLa Bohème invites us into one of the greatest romances of all time.

Music by Giacomo Puccini | Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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Running Time

Approximately 2 hours, 20 minutes with one intermission

Who Should See It

Great for families and first-time operagoers. Fans of the musical Rent and the film Moulin Rouge. 

Open Curtain Intermission 

On June 17 our curtain will remain open during intermission as a staff member narrates the live set changeover.

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Saturday 06/10/17 7:30PM
Thursday 06/15/17 7:30PM *
Saturday 06/17/17 7:30PM *
Tuesday 06/20/17 7:30PM
Friday 06/23/17 7:30PM
Sunday 06/25/17 2:00PM *
Thursday 06/29/17 7:30PM * Buy Tickets
Sunday 07/02/17 2:00PM Buy Tickets

Planning to see all three summer operas? Call the Box Office at (415) 864-3330 to save up to 30% on a 3-opera package.

* OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for this performance, is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.

Pre-Opera Talks

Free to Ticketholders

For every performance, join us in the Orchestra section 55 minutes prior to curtain.

The Expert: Laura Prichard

Learn about the opera’s music, characters, composer and historical background.

Watch the Video

Can’t make the Pre-Opera Talk? You can also watch a video.


Erika Grimaldi gave a performance that glowed with expansive warmth…'Mi chiamano Mimì,' was a marvel of pacing—now conversational, now luxuriantly effusive.

San Francisco Chronicle

Tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz made for a splendid Rodolfo…he displayed richness and grace in his voice.

San Francisco Examiner

Soprano Ellie Dehn was on hand to reprise her sumptuous, sparkling turn as the sexually irresistible Musetta.

San Francisco Chronicle

Artistry and love flourish in La Bohème!

San Francisco Examiner

Baritone Audun Iversen provided vocal heft and dramatic vigor.

San Francisco Examiner

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La Bohème Events



Experience the drama and romance through song, movement and storytelling during this interactive workshop for families with children ages 7 and older.




Treat yourself to a feast of food trucks and music, and join us for a picnic in the courtyard before the performance of Puccini's popular Parisian romance, La Bohème on June 17.

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Young Parisians struggle to maintain their relationships amid heartache and hardship.

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Cast & Creative

Mimì Erika Grimaldi 1
Mimì Julie Adams 2
Musetta Ellie Dehn
Rodolfo Arturo Chacón-Cruz
Marcello Audun Iversen
Colline Scott Conner
Schaunard Brad Walker
Benoit Dale Travis
Alcindoro Dale Travis


June 10, 15, 17, 20, 23, 25, and 29 
July 2, 2017

Conductor Carlo Montanaro
Director John Caird
Production Designer David Farley
Lighting Designer Michael James Clark
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Fight Director Dave Maier

1June 10, 15, 17, 23, 29, and July 2

2June 20 and 25

Previous performances of La Bohème can be found in our Archive.

Program Articles

Romancing "La Bohème"

We have brought our love to La Bohème perhaps most of all because it is a deeply truthful work.

The Secret Life of Food

Operas such as La Bohème involve a complex gastronomic dimension for the Company’s prop department.

A Puccini Family Recipe

There was one recipe that Giacomo Puccini guarded with utmost secrecy.

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Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by: The Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Fund; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Conductors Fund and the Emerging Stars Fund.

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Give to our Spring Challenge! Thanks to Ann and Gordon Getty, longtime friends of the Company, all new and increased gifts of $75 or more received by July 31 will be matched. New gifts will be matched two-to-one, while increased gifts will be matched dollar for dollar! Learn more.

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Photo (top): Illustration by Matt Leunig. Design by Mission Minded.