La Boheme at the Royal Opera in Stockholm


Music Giacomo Puccini   Libretto by G. Giacosa / L. Illica

A young woman knocking on the door of a loft in the Old Town …

… And a young writer opens. Inspired by Edvard Munch’s colorful paintings, Hans Jaeger’s depiction of Christiania Bohemian and August Strindberg’s novel The Red Room sounds the famous tenor, director and conductor José Cura a Nordic light shine on Puccini’s masterpiece and moves La Bohème Paris to a fictitious Stockholm. The author Rodolfo will be August Strindberg, the painter Marcello is Edvard Munch, the philosopher Colline are Søren Kierkegaard, composer Schaunard will Edvard Grieg and cabaret singer Musetta gets Tulla Larsen. Familiar with the music and the libretto in this poignant, tragicomic drama creates José Cura is now a full-fledged Scandinavian Bohème for the Royal Opera.


Taking inspiration from his own time as a poor student portrays Giacomo Puccini with warmth and passion some young dreamer’s life, bohemians of 1800s Paris. But the timeless story could take place anywhere.

Performance length Act I-II = 60 minutes / 30 minutes Pause / Act III-IV = 55 minutes. Total Performance length of about 2 hours 25 minutes.


  • Wednesday, April 13 19:00
  • Thursday, June 9 19:00
  • Saturday, June 11 15:00
  • Tuesday, June 14 19:00


    Yana Kleyn Elin Rombo
    Musetta (Tulla Larsen)
    Sanna Gibbs Elin Rombo Marianne Hellgren Staykov
    Rodolfo (August Strindberg)
    Daniel Johansson Jonas Degerfeldt
    Marcello (Edvard Munch)
    Linus Börjesson
    Schaunard (Edvard Grieg)
    Jens Persson
    Coline (Soren Kierkegaard)
    John Erik Eleby
    Niklas Björling Rygert Magnus Kyhle
    Thomas Bergström Anders Nyström
    Parpignol (Julbocken)
    Jon Nilsson Olof Lilja
    Daniele Callegari Benjamin Shwartz Tobias Ringborg

    The Royal Opera Chorus
    Children’s Choir from Adolf Fredrik’s Music School
    Royal Opera


    Press Quotes

    “Rarely have Puccini sounded so soft and just at the Royal Opera.” Aftonbladet

    “And then to flee from the worldly worries for a while in a strong performance, yes, it is a TERRIFIC pleasant experience” Eskilstuna-courier

    “La Bohème in the Scandinavian version is beautiful, stylish, touching, professional” Kulturbloggen

    “Nordic bohemians convinces with voice splendor.” SvD

    “… imaginative, with good humor and a lot of charm” SvD

    “… an elegant transfer from kvarterer in Paris to the old town … And it sounds great on Puccini’s opera under the direction of Daniele Callegari” Expressen

    “… A roaring success” Financial Times



    The first act

    Christmas Eve. It’s freezing in the attic where a young writer, August Strindberg and his friend, the painter Edvard Munch, live. At the piano is a promising young composer, Edvard Grieg, and composes. Munch struggling with the final details of a painting. His model is becoming impatient and demanding payment. But Munch has not a penny. August and Edward complains about the cold when suddenly the philosopher Colline, avid follower of Soren Kierkegaard, appears. The trio discusses the life and the weather when Grieg returns with food and drink. He has just been paid for private lessons to the son of a millionaire. When they raise their glasses for a toast enters the landlord in and require them to rent. The four young men manage to talk themselves out of the precarious situation. Colline / Søren, Grieg and Edvard leaves the wind to enjoy a little Christmas cheer on the town, August stops
    to finish an article. But the author can not find the right inspiration. A light knock at the door distracts him, and a young woman he had never seen before appears.

    second Act

    Christmas Eve in the town square. Edward has just revealed their latest painting Old Town at sunset. The shops bulging with people, families crowded into the streets and vendors cry. Munch observe them, they all were cut by him, taken from his paintings, and he is very touched by seeing them alive. His friend, the writer Hans Jaeger, comes with him and praise his painting.

    At Berns succeed Edward’s friends get a table. Tulla arrives with a wealthy banker, Alcindoro. She has just quarreled with Edward and her plan is to make him insanely jealous. It works. She embarrass rich banker and reunited with Edward in a passionate kiss. Friends march out and leave it to the banker alone to pay the bill.


    third Act

    A year has passed. Edward and Tulla work for a brothel owner. He paints portraits and she entertains guests. Edvard Munch sketch of the painting Ash with Tulla and his sleeping friend August as models. Mimì arrives, she does not understand why August rejects her and she asks for Edward’s advice. When Edward pushes his friend August acknowledge him that he loves Mimì higher than any other on earth – but she is deathly ill and he is too poor to help her. Mimì hear August’s confession from a hiding place. She confronts August and suggests that they should go their separate ways so that he can continue to live their lives, but the August fall grieved together. While they bid farewell to each other resumes Edward and Tulla their quarreling.

    fourth Act

    In the attic, several months later, put Edward’s new painting The Scream mood. Edward mourn his Tulla and August its Mimì. While the painter portrays the author steps Grieg and Søren in, carrying a piece of bread and a herring. To cope with the desperation they play a little comedy, a feigned meal with the class they so often criticize, but in reality they would like to be a part of. Comedy change to feigned tragedy when one of them, offended by a comment, challenge to a duel. As the quarrel escalates rushing Tulla in. Mimì is seriously ill and can not get up the stairs. The friends are forced to brutally back to reality and realize that they can not help the terminally ill young woman.

    GALLERY ( Phtos by Royal Opera, Stokholm)

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