Giacomo Puccini. "Aria di Musetta" from La Bohème. Sofia, Bulgaria, 1949.
Puccini's La Bohème
The first of Puccini's greatest popular successes, La Bohème recounts the adventures of six Parisian bohemians—poet Rodolfo, seamstress Mimì, and their friends,who are a painter, a philosopher, and two musicians. The first performance took place in February 1896. Within only four years, the opera had been seen throughout Italy as well as in such far-flung locations as Buenos Aires, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, and New York. Moreover, selections from the score were widely published well into the twentieth century, including this Bulgarian edition of sheet music for Musetta's aria from act II. The cover shows Liudmila Maksimova, a performer at the the Bulgarian National Opera in Sofia.