A former sales and merchandising associate with Businessweek Magazine and Businessweek TV, Vicky Travlos enjoys playing golf and following New Jersey Devils hockey. Ms. Travlos is also an avid opera enthusiast who frequently attends New York City’s Metropolitan Opera. Vicky Travlos’ favorite opera is La Boheme.
Giacomo Puccini encountered a number of obstacles while endeavoring to bring his most famous opera to the stage. Based on the episodic novel Scenes of Bohemian Life by Henri Murger, La Boheme covered subject matter that many considered unworthy of serious operatic treatment.
Puccini first considered the novel as source material in 1891, but by 1893, he was still uncommitted to the project. However, at the urging of his collaborator, Luigi Illica, Puccini officially began work on La Boheme’s scenario.
After learning that his rival, Ruggero Leoncavallo, had begun working on a competing La Boehme production, Puccini became even more dedicated to the project and persuaded respected poet Giuseppe Giacosa to work on the libretto’s versification despite Giacosa’s reservations about the worthiness of the subject matter.
After three years of work by La Boehme librettists, Puccini finally began composing the opera in earnest. La Boehme premiered in Turin, Italy, at the Teatro Regio on February 1, 1896.