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La bohème

On the surface, La Bohème is about the love between the poet Rodolfo and the seamstress Mimi, two young people living in Paris in the mid-1800s. The romance itself is beautiful and heart wrenching, but La Bohème is much more than a love story: it’s a window into the music, art, literature and spirituality that seeded the European bohemianism movement. Like the novel it was based on, La Bohème portrays snapshots of a time that many people still long for and romanticise. Experience it at the National Opera and Ballet from 1 December.