ARGENTINA. Buenos Aires Through Harold’s Lens:
Opera La Boheme. Act 4. Finale.
Oh Mimi will you never return
Oh, beautiful days, tiny hands
the fragrance of your tresses…
…your snow white neck!
Mimi — (With great passion)
Rodolfo — (Carefully, helping Mimi onto a bed)
Hush now, rest.
Mimi — (Holding Rodolfo in her arms)
Oh, my Rodolfo!
May I stay here with you?
Ah! my dearest Mimi,
(Gently Rodolfo persuades Mimi to lie down on the bed and covers her with a blanket, then with great care sips a pillow under Mimi’s head)
still you speak to me!
It’s just a little cough!
I’m used to it.
You won’t leave me?
(Mimi open her eyes, stretches her hand out towards Rodolfo, then kisses him lovingly. Mimi puts her arms around Rodolfo’s neck)
Your are my entire life, you are my love.
my beautiful Mimi!
(She lets herself fall into his arms)
Do you still find me beautiful?
As lovely as the dawn.
(Mimi has a sudden spasm of coughing, she falls back with exhaustion)
(Alarmed, Rodolfo gently supports Mimi)
Oh God! Mimi!
(Rodolfo carefully lays Mimi down on the pillow)
I’m here… my love… always with you!
My hands… in the warm… and… to sleep
(Rodolfo dashes to Mimi’s bedside, scoops her up in his arms crying out in extreme desperation)
Puccini’s Italian opera La Boheme is one of the most frequently performed operas in the world.
As I quietly strolled La Recoleta Cemetery, I was reminded of the sad, passionate finale of the two lovers Rodolfo and Mimi. And, my tear-filled evening at the New York City Opera watching my Tenor Nephew Barton Green play the lead role of Rodolfo.