Mími (Hibla Gerzmava) and Rodolfo (Teodor Ilincai) © ROH/Johan Persson

La bohème

Giacomo Puccini
Royal Opera House
Directed by John Copley

A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera.

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall passionately in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill in John Copley's striking production.

Sung in Italian, with English subtitles.

Production duration: 1 hr 53 min
Royal Opera House

Cast & creative team


  • Marcello
    Gabriele Viviani
  • Rodolfo
    Teodor Ilincai
  • Colline
    Kostas Smoriginas
  • Schaunard
    Jacques Imbrailo
  • Benoit
    Jeremy White
  • Mími
    Hibla Gerzmava
  • Parpignol
    Alan Duffield
  • Musetta
    Inna Dukach
  • Alcindoro
    Donald Maxwell
  • Sergeant
    Bryan Secombe
  • Customs Officer
    Jonathan Coad


  • Andris Nelsons
  • John Copley
  • Julia Trevelyan Oman
  • Renato Balsadonna
    Chorus Director
  • Peter Manning
    Concert Master