The opera’s saucy temptress with a heart of gold.
Others would describe Musetta as a real spitfire and when faced with conflict she easily wraps others around her little finger in order to achieve a positive outcome. She loves to go out and enjoy herself and is fine with having someone else take care of the bill, just like in the second act of “La Bohème.” Musetta often provokes jealousy in her mate due to her fondness for flirting. But in her heart, she is loyal to the ones she loves.
What to Listen for in “La Bohème”:
Puccini was a master of theatre, which helps us to visualize his characters through their music. Learn more about Musetta through her most memorable musical moments.
Quando m’en vo (Act II)
Musetta makes her grand entrance with this famous waltz and angers Marcello to the point of fighting to have her back. Her music is as attention getting as her actions.
Opening Scene (Act III)
Listen for Musetta’s as she sings with the women’s chorus near the start of Act III. Does the tune sound familiar? It’s her “theme”, part of the melody from Quando m’en vo.
Addio, Dolce Svegliare (Act III)
The “break-up” quartet: listen for the contrasts in Mimi and Rodolfo’s soaring lyricism contrasted with Musetta and Marcello’s jagged vocal lines.
Mimi’s Death Scene (Act IV)
Musetta shows a different side to her character as she helps reunite Mimi and Rodolfo and brings comfort to Mimi during her last hours. In contrast to Musetta’s fiery music in the second and third acts, this final scene has mostly parlando singing (singing in the manner of spoken speech), which allows us to see a more gentle and genuine side of her character. Take special note of her ardent prayer for Mimi’s recovery.