Bohemianism and Counter-Culture

La Boheme: Bohemia Immortalized in Opera

Welcome

Identity
Geography
   Cafe Culture

Lifestyle
   Daily Life
Fashion
Dandyism

Participants
Writers
   Hugo
       Hernani

   Murger

   Baudelaire
   Borel

Women
   Grisettes

Artists
   Courbet
   Millet
   Thackeray

Students/Youth
   Marius

Evolution
Generations
La Boheme
London 1900's
Beat Culture
Hippie Culture
Rent

Works Cited

Representations of Bohemia continued to evolve with Giacomo Puccini's opera, La Boheme, now one of the most important operas in musical history. The opera was first performed at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1896.

This version of the story of bohemian life was based both on Murger's original novel and the musical play which followed it, and still centers around the lives of four bohemians, Rodolpho, Marcello, Musetta and Mimi, and their experiences in the Latin Quarter of Paris.

This image shows the original set for Act II of the opera. If you look carefully you can see that the main building is actually the famous Cafe Momus, the original bohemian hangout.