La Boheme: Scene Da La Vie de Boheme Di Henry Murger (Classic Reprint)

by Giacomo Puccini

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These Opera Guides are ideal com-panions to the opera. They provide stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original.

Italian opera expert William Ashbrook asks why this love story attracted new audiences to the opera house when it was first performed, and what gives this 'tragedy of fragile sentiment' such an enduring appeal. Neither subject nor score is conventional, yet the sound picture is bound together with a quickness and lightness of touch that the young composer learnt from the eighty-year-old Verdi, whose Falstaff was premiered while La boheme was being conceived. Joanna Richardson surveys the actual Bohemians who inspired, or at least unwittingly supplied the raw material for, Murger's book on which the story is based. Edward Greenfield and Nicholas John examine the subtleties of this best-loved of operas and the merits of a libretto which took Italy's best librettists over three years to finish.
  • ISBN10 0483418935
  • ISBN13 9780483418936
  • Publish Date 12 November 2018 (first published 31 December 2009)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Imprint Forgotten Books
  • Format Paperback (US Trade)
  • Pages 100
  • Language Italian