Stage Director Marina Shapkina
Musical Director Evgeny Khokhlov
Designer Elena Solovyeva
A Parisian attic occupied by Marcello the painter and Rodolfo the poet. It’s too cold to work here, and they can’t afford firewood. Rodolfo sacrifices a manuscript of his play to get some fire. Colline the philosopher joins the penniless company. Shaunard the musician comes and showers his friends with money he has earned. He takes the company to a dinner in the Latin Quarter. Rodolfo stays behind to finish his writing. But he has no inspiration.
Suddenly a fragile and gentle girl comes to ask for some light. Rodolfo lights her candle for her. Then she drops her key, and as they both grope for it in the dark they get to know each other closer. Rodolfo tells Mimì of his life as a poet, and she turns out to be a lover of poesy. This is love at first sight. The couple joins Rodolfo’s friends in the Latin Quarter.
In a café Rodolfo introduces Mimì to his friends. Parpignol, a toy vendor, provides Rodolfo with a present for Mimì. Musetta, a grand coquette, arrives accompanied by her keeper Alcindoro. She and Marcello are still in love with each other, and Musetta does everything to win his attention. Having succeeded, she sends Alcindoro away under a futile pretext and reunites with Marcello. The company gets off, leaving their bill for Alcindoro to pay.
Mimì comes to Marcello and complains that her relationship with Rodolfo is a stalemate, yet they can’t get rid of it. She hides away from Rodolfo, who in his turn complains that Mimì is too frivolous. Marcello wouldn’t believe, so Rodolfo confesses: Mimì is mortally ill, and Rodolfo can’t provide proper care. Mimì hears it and concedes to Rodolfo’s decision to break up. All she asks is to be remembered.
Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline and Shaunard are in their attic. Musetta runs in and says Mimì is dying. The bohemians want to help, but they have neither food nor fire. Musetta and Marcello go to get supplies, Colline decides to sell his coat to get some money. Rodolfo does nothing but remembering the first time he met Mimì. Mimì falls asleep, and Rodolfo believes she is better. In fact, she has left him for good.