As all opera lovers know, but I did not, La Boheme is a dual love story set against the backdrop of the beginning of WWI. In the third act, the description is of the lovers meeting outside a cafe. In this production (I know nothing of other productions), the setting included a steam engine at the end of the line and a stack of wooden coffins, never referred to, but giving us signs of all the death that was occurring at that moment in time.
As always, Puccini pulls the heart out with exquisite precision and delicacy. What is it with him? Madama Butterfly (Aiiiiieeee), Tosca (double Aiiiiiieeee), always the love is tragic but each time in a different manner.
Mimi - Ana Maria Martinez
Rodolfo - Garett Sorenson
Musetta - Albina Shagimuratova
Marcello - Joshua Hopkins
Their garret was a crooked box onstage, which did muffle the voices a tad, but gave great effect to the drama.