Special Sub-Topic: La Boheme
|Who composed 'La Boheme'?|
Puccini. Giacomo Puccini wrote 'La Boheme'. He also composed popular operas such as 'Tosca' and 'Madama Butterfly'.
|What modern day musical took its inspiration from 'La Boheme'?|
Rent. 'Rent', by Jonathan Larson, is a modern retelling of 'La Boheme'. Even the characters' names have something in common:
Mimi - Mimi
Mark - Marcello
Roger - Rodolfo
Maureen - Musetta
Benny - Benito
Collins - Colline
|Which best describes the story of 'La Boheme'?|
Struggling poet meets girl, they fall in love, but girl is very ill and it ends in tragedy.. In the opera, Rodolfo, a struggling author, meets Mimi, a beautiful but poor girl. They start a passionate love affair, but Mimi is dying, although Rodolfo does not know this at the time.
|What do Rodolfo and Marcello burn to keep the fire lit?|
Pages of Rodolfo's writing. Rodolfo tears up his manuscript and throws it into the flames.
|Where was the first performance of "La Boheme"?|
Turin. In the Teatro Regio. It was conducted by Toscanini.
|'La Boheme' roughly translates to what in English?|
The Bohemians & Bohemians. The title of the opera refers to the Bohemian lifestyle that is lived by the main characters. The writer, the artist, the musician, etc.
|Rodolfo sings this to Mimi. 'Che gelida manina'. What does the start of the song roughly translate to in English?|
Your tiny hands are frozen. Rodolfo sings this while attempting to warm Mimi's hands on the cold winter night.
|In the second act, Musetta sings an aria while trying to make Marcello jealous. In English, what is this aria commonly referred to as?|
Musetta's Waltz. 'Musetta's Waltz' was also referred to in 'Rent'. Roger plays an excerpt of the aria on his guitar at various times during the movie.
|What is the name of the cafe that they visit in the second act?|
Cafe Momus. Rodolfo and Mimi join his friends at the Cafe Momus for some dinner. It is there that they see Musetta, an ex-girlfriend of Marcello's.
|Pick the odd one out of these lyrics.|
Un bel di vedremo.... 'Un bel di vedremo' is from a different Puccini opera, 'Madama Butterfly', a love story of a Japanese woman who is married to an American. The American then leaves her even though she is pregnant with his child, and marries an American lady. 'Un bed di vedremo' is a song that Cio Cio San ('Madama Butterfly') sings. She is dreaming that her love will come back to her someday.
'Si, mi chiamano Mimi' is sung by Mimi when she is telling Rodolfo all about herself.
'Che gelida manina' is sung by Rodolfo to Mimi as he attempts to warm her hands.
'Quando men vo' is Musetta's waltz, sung by Musetta as she tries to make Marcello jealous.
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