La Bohème was written by Giacomo Puccini (December 22,1858 – November 29, 1924). It was his fourth opera and was composed from 1893 -1895 starting his “Middle Period” during which he composed two other operas; Tosca and Madame Butterfly. These three were his, and the opera world’s, most famous. It was premiered on January 2, 1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turin under the baton of Arturo Toscannini. This arrangement has been expertly scored for advanced and professional ensembles, utilizing a full symphonic band instrumentation. If you're looking for a challenging, yet rewarding piece, this is it!
Grade/Level: 6 (A)