Production for rent: Bohème, notre jeunesse

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Music adaptation: Marc-Olivier Dupin after Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème

Libretto translation and adaptation : Pauline Bureau after Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica’s libretto


Category: Opéra-comique in four acts

Language: French

Running times: 1h30 (without intermission)

Premiered: 9 July 2018, Opéra Comique

Bohème, notre jeunesse | Opéra-Comique, 2018 © Pierre Grosbois

Stage director : Pauline Bureau • Set designer : Emmanuelle Roy • Costume designer : Alice Touvet • Lighting designer : Bruno Brinas • Dramaturgy : Benoîte Bureau • Video designer : Nathalie Cabrol

Chrysoline Dupont

Director of Artistic Coordination, Production and Development

In a few words

The Latin Quarter, its student garrets and cafés, the 1830s, a youth at the dawn of the age of reason, artists in turmoil, their fleeting loves and generous friendships, their games and their dramas: this is the bohemian life and the story of Mimi and Rodolphe.

From the Italian opera in four acts, Marc-Olivier Dupin and Pauline Bureau create an opéra-comique in French and give us the opportunity to share, in music and images, the intimacy of characters who will touch all generations of spectators.


“I became fascinated by this opera, which is on the borderline between fairy tale and social drama, and by the documentary approach of verism, the artistic movement of the late 19th century.

[…] The aim is not to look at the past, but to feel ourselves in it. It is the friction between yesterday and today that creates the universe of Bohème, notre jeunesse. Two eras that dialogue and enlighten each other.”

Pauline Bureau, director

Press review

“Everything is done to make the original more dynamic. The production is modern. The setting is simple and realistic. […] A young and feminine production.”

Le Figaro, 09 July 2018, Ludivine Trichot

“One leaves deeply shaken by these destinies that have flown before us like the trajectories of close friends a hundred years apart. […] A marvel of concentrated, intimate, historical, moving opera. Not to be missed.”

Toute la culture, 10 July 2018, Yaël Hirsch

“Emmanuelle Roy's superb set design reinforces the in-between feeling of the period: a stubborn carcass of mansard roofs is permanently on display, while video projections show flickering neon signs or a Paris skyline in progress (the Eiffel Tower under construction).”

Opera Online, 09 July 2018, Thibault Vicq


Numberof Principals: 7 + 1 actor
No choir


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Volume of the production

1 container

Other info

Last performed: 2019 (Versailles, Suresnes, Bastia)
Coproduction: Opéra de Rouen-Normandie,
Théâtre Montansier(Versailles)

Bohème, notre jeunesse

Giacomo Puccini

July 09 to 17, 2018

Opéra comique in French after Giacomo Puccini. Adapted by Marc-Olivier Dupin.

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