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Regional Variations (2)

Acts III and IV of Puccini's Opera 'La Boheme'

Regional Programme Midland

(North Regional Programme)
Rudolph, the poet of the four irresponsible
Bohemians, has already quarrelled with Mimi, with whom he fell so deeply in love earlier in the opera. Marcel, the painter, has, too, fallen out with the temperamental Musetta. The scene of Act III—incidentally, the most musically beautiful and effective act Puccini ever composed-is outside an inn near the Customs Gate. It is winter, and everyone is cold, irritable and unhappy. Stragglers come and go through the gate. Mimi comes in, she is ill and asks at the inn for Marcel, to whom she tells her love troubles. When Marcel goes to fetch
Rudolph, Mimi hides behind a tree. But Rudolph discovers her, and to passionate music they are reconciled. Not so Marcel and Musetta, who continue to bicker fluently and spitefully. The famous quartet, which is really two contrasted duets sung together, is a delicious piece of music. The sceue of Act IV is the garret where the four men live and work. As usual, they make light of their poverty and distress, and romp like schoolboys. Presently Musetta comes in, bringing Mimi with her, for the recent reconciliation has not lasted very long. Mimi is dying. She is treated tenderly by the men, and all but Rudolph go in search of food and medicine for the sick girl. Left alone, Rudolph and Mimi renew their undying love for one another, but it is too late. No sooner have the others returned than Mimi sinks and is gone before even Rudolph can realise it. The curtain falls on his despairing cry of grief.

Regional Programme London

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Regional Programme is a radio channel that started transmitting on the 9th March 1930 and ended on the 9th September 1939. It was replaced by BBC Home Service.

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