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Puccini's most enduring opera. The story of the love of the poor poet Rodolfo for the consumptive seamstress Mimi. Set in the Latin Quarter of Paris the course of their love is constantly threatened by Rodolfo's jealousy and Mimi's illness. The painter Marcello and the provocative Musetta are the other main characters. This is where 'your tiny hand is frozen' comes from and the last few bars, as Rodolfo realises Mimi is dead, are some of opera's most moving moments.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
The libretto by Jacopo Ferretti is based on a play by an unknown author, but ultimately derives from an episode of Cervantes' Don Quixote. Unusually for its time, the plot centres on a male victim of spousal infidelity. After his wife Eleonora is unfaithful, Cardenio flees for an island in the West Indies, where he loses his senses and his mind. The Wild Man of the West Indies features a love story of huge psychological depth, and a host of beautiful bel canto arias
New production. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.