Streamed on-demand May 27–Aug 1, 2021

$13.50 with Promo Code TCOboheme (7-Day Rental)


Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Puccini in the pandemic.

Set in current-day New York, this filmed opera reimagines La bohème by glorifying rooftops, mattresses, and the grungy, sexy, dirty world of being in your early twenties in the city that never sleeps. This work focuses specifically on Asian, Asian-American, and BIPOC youth and their experiences, creating a poignant subplot of immigration, assimilation, and racism.

This film embraces the current pandemic as an opportunity to set Mimì’s illness and poverty in a context that is relatable and timely. It also notes the prejudice surrounding Asians and Asian Americans as a result of this global crisis. Visually, it was shot in real locations but romanticized with animation. The story will transport you from apartments and lofts to the beautiful dreams and imaginations of the characters with animated metaphors that work to enact Puccini’s theatrics symbolically. This La bohème defies stereotypes, subverts tropes, and boasts a diverse cast while leaning on America’s greatest Asian singers.

La bohème: A film by Laine Rettmer is a co-production of More Than Musical, Opera Columbus, Opera Omaha, and Tri-Cities Opera.

Performance Information

Run Time

Approximately 90 minutes.


Performed in Italian with English subtitles.


Streaming online.


Our online stream of La bohème will be available to watch on Once you purchase a ticket, you will have seven days to watch. Be sure to use promo code TCOboheme for a 10% discount!


Ziwen Xiang
Bizhou Chang
Luis Orozco
Larisa Martínez
Hidenori Inoue
Markel Reed
Yi Yang
Anthony Roth Costanzo

Drag Queen, Jasmine Rice LaBeija

Entourage, Nate White

Drag Queen, Bruno Baker

Creative Team

Laine Rettmer
Sean Kelly

Director of Photography, Alice Millar

Costume Designer, Teresa Logan

Lighting Designer, Rome Petersson

Editor and VFX Coordinator, Andrea Merxk

Post Production Sound, Mike Flannery

Aerial Cinematography, Georgi Tushev

Associate Director and Animator, Nouzhou Wang

Associate Director and Dramaturg, Bruno Baker

Associate Director and Digital Imaging Technician, Charlie Dennis

Production Coordinator, Cynthia Hennon Marino

Set, Sound, and Location Production Assistant, Danielle Ranno

Production Assistant, Ashley Rose

MTM Creative Director, Julia Noulin-Mérat

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