The STAATSTHEATER KARLSRUHE is one of the largest multi-genre theaters in Germany. Every season, the OPERA, BALLET, CONCERT, ACT, VOLKSTHEATER and JUNGES STAATSTHEATER divisions create a varied and diverse cultural offering on the stages for all citizens and culture lovers in the region: artistic experiences that come alive in the hearts and minds of the audience, that resonate, touch and move.
It is Puccini's most popular opera and his most flourishing example of music theater: La Bohème. Based on Henri Murger's novel Scènes de la vie de bohème, the opera takes us directly into the lively and colorful world of Parisian artists. The poet Rodolfo, the painter Marcello, the musician Schaunard and the philosopher Colline lead a modest but fairly unattached and happy artistic existence in a Parisian garret. When their roommate Mimì knocks on the door one icy Christmas Eve and asks Rodolfo for a light for her extinguished candle, the encounter ends with a passionate declaration of love. This is followed by a brief period of pleasure. But as quickly as the feelings arise, they disappear again and Rodolfo separates from Mimì. When he learns of Mimì's serious illness and her health continues to deteriorate, the two swear to love each other again. But Mimì's death violently breaks into the cheerful world of the bohemians and shows them the carelessness and lack of commitment of their existence.
As he had done three years earlier with Manon Lescaut, Puccini worked on La Bohème with the librettists Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, who knew how to rewrite Murger's literary model into a masterful libretto for the composer. It is a story full of sentimentality and burlesque, full of tragedy and comedy, which Puccini set to music to create an opera that is captivating in every respect thanks to his highly sensitive musical expression. For the first time in a long time, director Ulrich Peters is once again staging the production at the STAATSTHEATER, where he was already head director from 1997 to 1999.
Premiere June 24, 2023
Further performances: June 30, July 8, 12, 18 and 21, 2023