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Opera Abbreviated: La Boheme

The Metropolitan Opera presents Puccini's La Boheme live in HD in move theaters worldwide, Saturday April 5, at 1 p.m. 

Opera Abbreviated tells you everything you need to know to enjoy the world's most loved operas.

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) was killer handsome, a world class womanizer, a lover of good cigars, fast cars and women, women, women. Women in the flesh and women on the page.

Puccini was known to fall in love with the heroines of his operas: Madama Buterfly, Liu, Tosca, Manon Lescaut. Perhaps he loved Mimi in La boheme most of all.

La Boheme is the world's most loved opera. That's a generalization but I don't care. Like Bizet's Carmen, La boheme can't be ruined.

The randiness and the despair of Puccini's music always carry he story: impoverished students, untreatable illness, love, sex, parties, more love and a gentle death.

If you've ever been a poor student, if you've ever loved and lost this opera is for you. You don't even have to sing.

Get to the Met in HD, have a seat, have popcorn and enjoy a good cry after this most poignant of operas.

No, I'm not crying. Darned allergies. Oh by the way, all of our Opera Abbreviated's are available on iTunes. With more to come.

Christopher Purdy is Classical 101's early morning host, 7-10 a.m. weekdays. He is host and producer of Front Row Center – Classical 101’s weekly celebration of Opera and more – as well as Music in Mid-Ohio, Concerts at Ohio State, and the Columbus Symphony broadcast series. He is the regular pre-concert speaker for Columbus Symphony performances in the Ohio Theater.