La Boheme

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UNLV Opera Theatre


College of Fine Arts: Department of Music

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One of the most popular and beloved operas of all time, La Bohème was composed in December 1895 by Giacomo Puccini. He became interested in the Scènes de Ia vie de Bohème, a novel by Henri Murger in the winter of 1892-3, before the premiere of Manon Lescaut. His intention to base an opera on Murger's novel involved him in controversy with Leoncavallo, who claimed precedence on the novel in 1893 in his publisher's periodical, II secolo. Leoncavallo asserted that he already had artists in mind and that this fact was well known by Puccini. This assertion was quickly rebutted by Puccini, writing the next day to II carriere della sera. His letter stated that he welcomed the chance to compete with his rival while allowing the public to judge the better composer.


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