Mimì, will you not return?
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Puccini's La Bohème: a beginner's guide
17. Mimì, will you not return?
We begin Act IV with Rodolfo and Marcello expressing their fond memories of their lovers, who have now left them. Colline and Schaunard turn up with a meagre meal, which the friends pretend is a plentiful banquet. But the lively dance is interrupted once more by Musetta, who bursts in to explain that Mimì has left her wealthy patron and has been found on the street. Photo: ENO/Thomas Bowles