Anita Hartig, Maria Agresta & Charles Castronovo Lead Metropolitan Opera’s Revival of ‘La Bohème’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Marty Sohl / Met Opera)

On Nov. 9, 2021, the Metropolitan Opera will revive Franco Zeffirelli’s classic staging of Puccini’s “La Bohème.”

The production is the all-time most-performed staging and will celebrate its 40th anniversary of its 1981 premiere. This season the Met will feature South Korean conductor Eun Sun Kim, who became music director of San Francisco Opera this fall and will make Met debut.

Anita Hartig will reprise her signature Mimì, the role with which she made her Met debut in 2014. She will be joined by Charles Castronovo as the poet Rodolfo and Artur Ruciński as the painter Marcello. The cast will be rounded out by Federica Lombardi as Musetta, Alexander Birch Elliott as Schaunard, Nicholas Brownlee as Colline, and Donald Maxwell as the roles of Benoit and Alcindoro.

For the performances on Nov. 26, 29, and Dec. 3, 2021, Ryan Speedo Green reprises the role of Colline, and Joo Won Kang makes his Met debut as Marcello on Dec. 3, 2021.

In January, the opera will return for four performances led by conductor Carlo Rizzi. Maria Agresta will reprise her acclaimed Mimì, which OperaWire said, she “carried with a soft, resonant quality.” She will be joined by Castronovo as Rodolfo, Gabriella Reyes as Musetta, Lucas Meachem as Marcello, Elliott as Schaunard, and Peter Kellner in his Met debut as Colline.

Performances will be held from Nov. 9 through Dec. 3, 2021 and then from Jan. 9 through 22, 2022. The opera returns in May with a new cast. The Nov. 9 and 17 performances of “La Bohème,” as well as the Jan. 22, will be broadcast live on Met Opera Radio on Sirius XM Channel 355.