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Puccini's La Bohème: a beginner's guide
15. 'Marcello, finalmente'
Rodolfo reveals he's trying to drive Mimì away by pretending to be jealous, because he fears she's suffering from a deadly illness. As a poor man, he can't help her, and he hopes she'll find a richer suitor who'll be able to pay for treatment. Unfortunately, before Marcello can silence his friend, Mimì has heard everything, and she bids him farewell. Photo: ENO/Thomas Bowles