Ruggero Leoncavallo

Leoncavallo: La bohème

Concert performance in two parts, in four acts, in Italian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

The work, or the works to be precise, that turned the two great artists’ friendship into a rivalry that lasted until death… Because although Ruggero Leoncavallo offered the libretto of La bohème to his good friend, the young Puccini, he rejected it. Then he begged him in vain not to begin composition as he himself had already started… And it did not matter that his opera La bohème.
was highly successful a year after Puccini’s, posterity voted for the composer of Manon Lescaut. However, if we take a closer look at Leoncavallo’s opera, we will see signs of unfair neglect as he was also the composer of Pagliacci! The Italian titles of the twin-operas are identical (La bohème), so our predecessors have played them with slightly different titles, and, in order to avoid misunderstanding, we will follow suit when performing it close to the time of the other Bohemian opera.

General cast

Fabrizio Maria Carminati
Marcello, a painter
Boldizsár László
Rodolfo, a poet
Zsolt Haja
Schaunard, a musician
Csaba Szegedi
Andrea Szántó
Lilla Horti
Barbemuche, a scholar
András Kiss
Colline, a philosopher/Viscount Paolo
Attila Erdős
Melinda Heiter
Péter Balczó
A loafer/A neighbour from the 1st floor
Jenő Dékán


After Henri Murger’s Scènes de la vie de bohème libretto by
Ruggero Leoncavallo
Hungarian surtitles
Judit Kenesey
English surtitles
Lionel Salter
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki


2018. December 17., Mon, 19:00