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Puccini's La Bohème on Great Performances at the Met

Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais
Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais
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Puccini's classic love story La Bohème will air on Great Performances at the Met, Friday, June 27 at 9 p.m. on PBS.

Kristine Opolais stars, in a history-making Met role debut as Mimì; she agreed to replace an ailing colleague just hours after her first company performance in the title role of "Madama Butterfly"

Franco Zeffirelli's lavish production of La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history, starring Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the poet Rodolfo and Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais as the fragile seamstress Mimì. Opolais made headlines and history when she agreed to make her company role debut as Mimì with just a few hours notice, having sung the demanding title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly for the first time at the Met the night before. With this performance, she became the first singer in Met history to debut two major roles in a 24-hour period.

Susanna Phillips sings the flirtatious Musetta and Massimo Cavalletti is the painter Marcello, led by Italian conductor Stefano Ranzani.