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1 (Puccini: La bohème). Bar. A musician, one of four bohemians. He arrives back at their garret on Christmas Eve with a supply of food—a herring and some bread—and a bottle of wine. In vain he tries to tell his friends how he earned the money from an eccentric Englishman: he was hired to play until the owner's parrot died! After three days he bribed a servant girl to give the bird a piece of poisoned parsley and the parrot obliged by dying, so he was able to stop playing but he had earned enough money to feed them all for Christmas. His efforts to explain all this are constantly interrupted by his colleagues, interested not so much in how he earned the money, but in the food and fuel it provides. In the last act, it is Schaunard who realizes that Mimì is dying, and who, at the end, whispers to Marcello that she is dead. Created (1896) by Antonio Pini‐Corsi (who had, in 1893, created Ford in Verdi's Falstaff and was to sing the first Happy in Puccini's La fanciulla del West at the New York Met in 1911).

2 (Leoncavallo: La bohème). Bar. A similar role to that in (1). Created (1897) by Gianni Isnardon.

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