Puccini's 'La Boheme': Bohemians with a Small 'b'

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THE HIT SINGLE: "Oh, sweet girl"

While La Boheme is home to three or four wildly popular arias, some of its finest numbers are duets. One of them is sung as the first act ends, and romance blooms, as Mimi and Rodolfo (soprano Inva Mula and tenor Vittorio Grigolo) sing "O soave fanciulla."  


Another of the opera's great duets is heard near the top of Act Four. The poet Rodolfo and the painter Marcello (Ludovic Tézier) are both trying to work, but they can think of nothing but their absent lovers, Mimi and Musetta. Rodolfo begins by singing, "O Mimi, tu più non tormi" -- fearing that Mimi may never return.