(Puccini: La bohème). Bass. An old, pompous, but wealthy state councillor, an admirer of Musetta. He escorts her to the Café Momus, where she immediately attracts the attention of her old lover, Marcello. On the pretext that her shoe hurts, Alcindoro is sent to the cobbler to have it adjusted. He returns, his mission completed, to find that not only has she left with Marcello and his friends, but that they have left the bill for their meal for him to pay. Created (1896) by Alessandro Polonini (who also created the landlord, Benoît, the two bass roles frequently being taken by the same singer).