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1 (Puccini: La bohème). Bass. A philosopher, one of the four bohemians who live together in a garret in Paris. Although he has no money, he is fond of expensive clothes and his most prized possession is his old but elegant overcoat. When Mimì is dying, he bids the coat farewell, thanking it for being faithful to him, before going out to sell it to buy medicine for her. This short aria has become justly famous. Aria: Vecchia zimarra, senti (‘Listen, my old coat’). Created (1896) by Michele Mazzara.

2 (Leoncavallo: La bohème). Gustavo Colline. Bar. A similar role to that in (1) above. Created (1897) by Lucio Aristi.

Subjects: Opera.

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