What if life didn’t end in death but a return to love? What if we could rewind a tragic tale to take us from devastation back to hope? MOT places one opera’s greatest tragedies, La bohème, inMOTion—presenting the opera in reverse order. From finish to start, from death to the promise of new love, from loneliness and despair to the joy of friendships, wine, and song, this reversal presents the characters and arias we love in a refreshing, new vision of the story.
In this version, the curtain rises at the beginning of Act IV, and the opera plays scene by scene through Acts III, II, and I until we end at the beginning, our favorite starving Parisian artists preserved in eternal youth and dusted with the blush of love.
Presented in the Detroit Opera House in a co-production with Boston Lyric Opera, this bold, unconventional take on Puccini’s opus is itself a bohemian work of art: experimental, nonconforming, original. This production is the first to stage La bohème in reverse, marking an impressive creative milestone for MOT as part of our vision for The Next 50.