Petit Opera, Not Grand

LA BOHEME by Giacomo Puccini

The irreverent music lover attends this sassy and unconventional La Boheme in a mood for sedition. That does not mean impatience with the soaring lyrical glories of Puccini's music—nobody boos a sunset. But Mimi, the consumptive Parisian seamstress, has been a dying duck since the opera's first performance in 1896, and her fog-witted lover Rodolfo, the poet, has moped melodiously for the same stretch. A certain amount of dust has gathered. Only the fustiest of traditionalists would grouch at the news that Joseph Papp's musical irregulars from the New...

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