La Bohème

La Bohème (1963) was an opera production by The Norwegian National Opera. La Bohème was based on the opera of the same title by Giacomo Puccini (music) and Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa (libretto), after Henri Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème. The production was performed by The Norwegian National Opera at Folketeateret.

The director was Einar Beyron. In 1978, Jens Chr. Ek took over as director, and Wilhelm Sandven was director from 1998.

The production of La Bohème with Herman Bendixen’s scenography was part of The Norwegian National Opera’s repertoire until 2007. With its 44 years, it was the most performed opera production in Norway ever, with 205 performances. 

The roles have been performed by many different singers over the years. 

Kari Frisell was awarded the Norwegian Critics’ Award for her interpretation of the role of Mimì in 1964.

La Bohème was performed in Drammen in 1970.

La Bohème toured with The Norwegian National Opera’s touring company (Riksoperaen) to Narvik and Harstad in 1970.

La Bohème was performed in Trondheim in 1972, and again in 1982.

La Bohème was performed in Kristiansand in 1986.

La Bohème was performed in the new arts centre in Harstad in 1996.

La Bohème was performed in Stavanger in 1999.

La Bohème toured with The Norwegian National Opera’s touring company (Riksoperaen) to Sandnes and Haugesund in 2000. 

La Bohème was performed in Murmansk in 2006.

Originally the opera was sung in Norwegian, but from the 1980s, when The Norwegian National Opera began to perform all operas in the original language, it was performed in Italian. 


(Objekt ID 55600)
Object type Production
Premiere January 25, 1963
Produced by The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
Based on La Bohème by Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica, Giacomo Puccini
Audience Adults
Number of events 205
Language Norwegian and Italian
Keywords Opera
Running period January 25, 1963  —  2008


E-mail from Terje Boye-Hansen, 16.05.2022

Anne-Margrethe Skari’s private archive. Donated by Anne-Margrethe Skari, 17.11.2021

Repertoire archive, The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, 18.05.2018.

Einar Dahl’s private archive. Donated by Einar Dahl, 28.05.2016

Other participants

Members of "Sølvguttene" (boys choir)

Thursday 13 May 1971:

K. Lappalainen: Rodolfo

U. Vittanen: Marcello

H. Nikkonen: Schaunard

A. Vanio: Colline

T. Valjakka: Mimì