La Bohème

La Bohème

Giacomo Puccini’s opera

Giacomo Puccini’s most celebrated, eternal opera of love and loss, of struggling artists on the edges of society who are about to learn life’s hardest lessons. On Christmas Eve in Paris, a young woman knocks on a young man’s door and their lives are changed forever. This is opera at its most joyous and most tragic, telling the most human of stories. 

Puccini’s opera La Bohème premiered in 1896 at Teatro Regio in Turin. Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica’s libretto is based on Henri Mugler’s novel The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter. 

Updated to a post-war Paris on the brink of the revolutionary 1960s, this fresh and energetic production is a new collaboration between British opera director John Ramster, Canadian-British designer Bridget Kimak and Vanemuine’s music director Risto Joost following their 2022 Don Giovanni at the Kilden Theatre in Norway. 

Premiere on May 2nd 2025 at the Vanemuine Theatre Grand Building

Language: Italian
Surtitles: Estonian, English

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Librettist Luigi Illica
Musical Director Risto Joost
Director John Ramster UK
Costume and Set Designer Bridget Kimak Canada/UK


Vanemuine opera choir and Vanemuine symphony orchestra