Eleonora Buratto & Charles Castronovo Lead Puccini’s ‘La Bohème’ At the Metropolitan Opera

By Francisco Salazar

Puccini’s “La Bohème” returns to the Met with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the work for the first time at the company.

The opera which is set to open on April 21 will be performed 14-performance with two casts. Soprano Eleonora Buratto, who reprises her role from last season as the tragic heroine Mimì, and tenor Stephen Costello Rodolfo, lead the first cast. Joining Buratto and Costello are soprano Sylvia D’Eramo and baritone Davide Luciano, both making their Met role debuts. The first cast is rounded out by baritone Alexey Lavrov as Schaunard, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as Colline, and baritone Donald Maxwell as Benoit and Alcindoro.

Maestro James Gaffigan will lead the second cast starting May 26. Soprano Susanna Phillips sings the role of Mimì and tenor Charles Castronovo is Rodolfo. Soprano Latonia Moore makes her role debut as Musetta and baritone Quinn Kelsey will sing Marcello. Baritone Iurii Samoilov is Schaunard, bass Krzysztof Bączyk is Colline, and Maxwell is Benoit and Alcindoro.

Maestro Paolo Carignani conducts the performances on May 11, 17, and 20. Soprano Leah Hawkins makes her Met role debut as Musetta on May 11, with subsequent performances on May 17 and 20. Bass Philip Cokorinos sings Benoit and Alcindoro on May 11 and June 9.

“La Bohème” will be broadcast on April 21, May 6, and June 9, 2023 on the Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM channel 355. The May 6, 2023 performance will also be broadcast over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.