There are two La Bohemes. The first was written by Ruggero Leoncavallo [made famous by his I Pagliacci] and the better known one by Giacomo Puccini. Although both operas were written at approximately the same time, Leoncavallo's La Boheme is very different, with the main protagonists being Marcello and Musetta. In the Leoncavallo work Marcello is the tenor, whereas in the Puccini opera Rodolfo is a tenor, Leoncavallo making the Rodolfo a baritone in his work. The enduring popularity of the Puccini work is not only the superb music, it is primarily the sympathetic appeal of Rodolfo and Mimi, Marcello and Musetta being much less sympathetic to an audience. Puccini chose to make both Marcello and Musetta more comic than tragic, a good decision considering how his version of the opera quickly put the Leoncavallo version into relative obscurity. The music of the Leoncavallo opera, however. is beautiful and his opera deserves a place in the modern repetoir. It is a shame it is rarely performed. An excellent version of his opera is available in our catalog.