The Non-Verismo Tendency of the Verismo Opera La Bohème: A Comparative Study of Murger’s Novel and Puccini’s Opera

Qianru LI


Through a comparative study of Puccini’s opera, La Bohème, and the literary script, Murger’s novel, Scènes de la vie de Bohème, this paper analyzes the selecting, adding and re-shaping of the original plot when Puccini adapted the opera script in collaboration with the playwrights, the artistic transformation of the characters and their destinies and the great changes in storytelling techniques and the tone so as to explore Puccini’s unique opera aesthetic philosophy under the influence of verismo and sum up the “non-verismo” tendencies of his works in the form of verismo.


Puccini; La Bohème; Murger; Scènes de la vie de Bohème; Verismo opera; Verismo literature; Comparative study

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