La boheme (includes Che gelida manina, O soave fanciulla)
Giacomo Puccini


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The second highest of Puccini's 5 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This peaked at number 35 in 1997.

Young bohemians in wintry Paris struggle with love, poverty and consumption in Puccini's evergreen masterpiece. Those who plan to see it should keep a box of tissues close to hand.

Takesha Meshe Kizart as Musetta in the Metropolitan Opera's 2010 production.