Federica Lombardi & Anita Hartig Lead Metropolitan Opera’s ‘La Bohème’

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera is set to revive Puccini’s “La Bohème” for 18 performances in the fall and winter.

The opera, which is set to run between Oct. 10 and Jan. 13, will first star Federica Lombardi in the lead role alongside Matthew Polenzani, Olga Kulchynska, and Adam Plachetka. The cast also includes Sean Michael Plumb in his Met role debut as Schaunard, Christian Van Horn as Colline, and Donald Maxwell as Benoit and Alcindoro. Maestro Carlo Rizzi takes the podium to mark 30 years of conducting at the Met.

The second cats of the season will be headlined by Anita Hartig as Mimi, Stephen Costello as Rodolfo, Heidi Stober in her Met role debut as Musetta, Alexey Markov as Marcello, Rodion Pogossov as Schaunard, and bass Krzysztof Bączyk as Colline.

The final cast will include Elena Stikhina, Kristina Mkhitaryan, and Joseph Calleja.

The Met will bring back Franco Zeffirelli’s production which premiered on Dec. 14, 1981.

The opera will be broadcast on Oct. 10 & 25, Nov. 1, 10, & 21, and Jan. 13 via the Metropolitan Opera Radio and SiriusXM channel 355.