Puccini's most enduring opera. The story of the love of the poor poet Rodolfo for the consumptive seamstress Mimi. Set in the Latin Quarter of Paris the course of their love is constantly threatened by Rodolfo's jealousy and Mimi's illness. The painter Marcello and the provocative Musetta are the other main characters. This is where 'your tiny hand is frozen' comes from and the last few bars, as Rodolfo realises Mimi is dead, are some of opera's most moving moments.Performers Giuseppe Constanzo, Rusian Zinevych, Nicolaii Busuioc, Vasile Cheptenari, Natalia Yutesh, Oxana Cobzeva, Natalia Rosan, Petru Racovita, Yuri Gisca, Boris Materinco, Valeriu Cojocaru, Viorel Zgardan, Elena Gherman, Lilia Solomei, Ion Stanca, Marian Chiru, Dimitri Grusu.
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giacosa. Lyrics Illica. Book by Murger. Company Ellen Kent. Company Opera International (in association with Chisinau National Opera). Director Eugen Platon. Design Alexander Crovoshein. Conductor Nicolae Dohotaru.