La bohème

May 4–19, 2024


Finding love. Choosing family.
On a bitterly cold winter’s night in the heart of Paris, a young woman’s search for a candle light fatefully sparks one of the most enduring love stories of all time. But can a love so great be sustained? Join Mimì, Rodolfo, and their bohemian friends as they find levity and joy amidst the hardship and struggle of a life in pursuit of art. Featuring some of the most captivating music ever written, Puccini’s La bohème weaves moments of warmth and ecstasy together with anguish and heartbreak in this enduring story of love, loss, and life. 

Sung in Italian with English captions projected above the stage.
Runs approximately 2 hr 35 minutes.

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Ordway Music Theater
345 Washington St
St Paul, MN 55102

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The production of La bohème has been made possible by the support of YourClassical MPR.

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Composer Biography

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Giacomo Puccini was born into a family of court composers and organists in the historic city of Lucca, Italy. With a strong feeling of tradition in the Puccini family, it was expected that Giacomo would assume his deceased father’s position as Maestro di Cappella…

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Q&A with Melinda Whittington


Soprano Melinda Whittington will be making her Minnesota Opera debut on May 4, when she takes the Ordway stage to sing the role of Mimì in Giacomo Puccini’s timeless masterpiece La bohème. Hear from her as she describes the ways in which she relates to her character, what she is focused on as she prepares for this role, what she’ll be up to during her stay in the Twin Cities, and more!

La bohème: Meet the Artists


Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème features some of the most captivating music ever written to tell this enduring story of love, loss, and life. We are lucky to have four incredible singers join us to portray the characters of Rodolfo and Mimì. Recently, Christian Sanders, Won Whi Choi, Melinda Whittington and Symone Harcum sat down to answer a few questions about themselves and their roles.

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