La Bohème

by Robert Dornhelm

Giacomo Puccini's immortal opera in a high budget feature-film version directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Dornhelm, starring the opera world's "dream team," soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Rolando Villazón

Paris in the 1830s. Four friends share a drafty Parisian garret. Though leading a life of privation, they are buoyed by good spirits: the writer Rodolfo, the painter Marcello, the musician Schaunard and the philosopher Colline. It is Christmas Eve, and they decide to celebrate in their favorite pub, the Café Momus. Rodolfo stays behind to finish an article. There is a knock at the door; their neighbor Mimì, whose candle has gone out, asks for fire. Rodolfo is fascinated by her. It is love at first sight! The new lovers catch up with Rodolfo's friends at the Café Momus, where Marcello's former mistress Musetta turns the evening into a spirited event. The light-hearted mood of Rodolfo's and Mimì's first days together does not last, however, for Mimì develops a fatal illness. Though they agree to stay together, Mimì leaves her lover. Only when she is desperately ill and dying does she return to the garret where she once was so happy - and to Rodolfo, the man she still loves with all her heart...

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / Italian / 109 minutes
Original title
La Bohème
directed by
produced by
Unitel and MR Film in coproduction with ZDF and Classica in association with IMG with support of ÖFI, FFW and ORF Film-/ Fernsehabkommen
  • Anna Netrebko
  • Rolando Villazón
  • George von Bergen
  • Nicole Cabell

Press Quotes

"It is succulently dramatic - a tribute to the stars' power."

"Netrebko sings with feeling and imagination and Villazón is an inspired, golden-voiced Rodolfo."

"Breathtakingly dramatic and emotional... full to the brim with some of the best vocal talents of today"