La bohème

La bohème

Giacomo Puccini


Libretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

First Performance: Teatro Regio, Turin, February 1, 1896

First Peformance at the Israeli Opera: December 10, 1987

First Performance of this production at the Israeli Opera: October 25, 1997

First Performance of this production in the current season: March 20, 2009

Conductor           Keri-Lynn Wilson
Yishai Steckler  31.3, 3.4, 4.4, 5.4

Director and Set and Costume

Franco Zeffirelli
Revival Director Marco Gandini
Costumes Revival Alberto Spiazzi
Lighting Designer Marco Filibeck




Rodolfo Scott Piper
Marius Brenciu  21.3, 24.3, 26.3, 28.3, 30.3, 4.4
Marcello Boaz Daniel
Domenico Balzani  26.3, 29.3, 5.4
Mimi Adina Aaron
Ira Bertman  21.3, 24.3, 26.3, 28.3, 30.3, 3.4, 5.5
Musetta Anya Matanovic
Mirela Gradinaru  21.3, 24.3, 26.3, 28.3, 29.3, 31.3, 3.4, 5.4
Schaunard Domenico Balzani
Noah Briger  26.3, 29.3, 3.4, 4.4
Colline Vladimir Braun
Benoit Sami Bechar
Parpignol Mark Shaimer
Gidon Tidhar
A Boy in the Crowd Ori Lev-Tov Roosak
Matan Shecohri
Alcindro Sorin Semilian
Sargeant Moshe Fisch
A Customs Official Anatoli Krasik

The Israeli Opera Chorus

Conductor: Yishai Steckler

The Young Efroni Choir
Conductor: Yasmin Yithak

The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion

Sung in Italian
Surtitles in English and Hebrew
Surtitles: Israel Ouval
Length of performence: approximately three hours including two intermissions

Puccini's beloved love story returns to the stage in Franco Zeffirelli's larger than life majestic production featuring the poignant Mimi who lives, loves and dies in the arms of her beloved bohemian poet. 


Production's Album
Photos: Yossi Zwecker        


Fri 20.3 (13:00). Sat 21.3 (20:00), Sun 22.3 (20:00), Tues 24.3 (20:00),

Wed 25.3 (20:00), Thurs 26.3 (20:00), Fri 27.3 (13:00), Sat 28.3 (21:00),

Mon 30.3 (20:00), Tues 31.3 (20:00), Fri 3.4 (13:00), Sat 4.4 (21:00),

Sun 5.4 (20:00)

Towards Opening: Sat 14.3 (11:00)


"The Power of the Voice...This production features excellent singers including Adina Aron (Mimi), a woman with a gorgeous, warm and beautiful voice and a powerful and impressive stage presence. Scot Piper (Rodolfo) projects big, warm singing and excellent acting. Anya Matanovic was superb as a colorful Musetta with a beautiful color to her voice and stage charisma and Boaz Daniel was excellent… On the podium Keri-LynnWilson was full of temperament and she knows the score very well. This was a perfect production and you must run and see this beauty."  (Oran Binur, Maariv)

"All the singers are very good but above all are Anya Matanovic as Musetta and Adina Aron with her conquering personality and her radiant voice as Mimi. And those who saw conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson singing and conducting in the pit enjoyed an extra experience." (Michael Handelsaltz, Haaretz)

"Zeffirelli creates from the sensuous feelings… there was electricity in the air. Amazing!" ( Hanoch Ron, Yediot Aharonot)

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