Puccini’s La Bohème
The Metropolitan Opera Presents:
Puccini’s La Bohème
Introduction by Peter Gelb
There is a reason La Bohème has been staged at the Met more often than any other opera: Puccini’s enticing music perfectly conveys the enchantment of new young love and the anguish that comes with loss and death. The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Puccini’s La Bohème is the latest in the Metropolitan Opera Presents Libretto Library Series by Amadeus Press.
In this groundbreaking series, classic and well-known operas are presented in a fresh new package. Each book features the complete libretto; color image inserts from Met Opera productions, including stage scenes, costumes, and set photos and illustrations; a Met Opera libretto “In Focus” feature; and official Met Opera program notes.
Each title, which also includes an introduction and foreword by renowned opera experts, will be released to coincide with the opera’s premiere in the Met’s Live in HD series. The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Puccini’s Tosca, the first book in the series, was published last fall; The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Mozart’s Così fan tutte is coming next.
La Boheme can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression (even on those new to opera) and to reveal unexpected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things (a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor) that make up our everyday lives.
“With this second volume of the Metropolitan Opera Presents series, we aim to provide readers with a complete introduction to this much-loved opera,” writes Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb in his introduction. “Whether you experience La Bohème at the opera house, as part of our Live in HD movie-theater transmissions or radio broadcasts, or as a web stream, we hope this book will give you all the information you need to enjoy and appreciate one of opera’s greatest works.”
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Amadeus Press is an imprint of Hal Leonard