Three scenes from Act IV of Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème (first shown in 1896)
A transcript of the recorded scene is below.
The opening scene of Act IV/Quadro IV:
|The garret as in Act One. Marcello and Rodolfo are pretending to work, but are actually gossiping.|
|Marcello (continuing a conversation)||In a brougham?|
|Rodolfo||With a pair
She greeted me, laughing. "Well, Musetta!
And how's your heart?" I asked.
"It isn't beating, or I don't feel it!
thanks to the velvet that covers it."
|Marcello||I'm really glad to hear it!|
|Rodolfo (to himself)||Go on with
You grin and bear it!
|Marcello (he uses large brush strokes)||Not beating?
I too saw....
|Rodolfo (with a jolt)||You saw her?|
|(regaining his composure)|
|Oh, fancy that!|
|Marcello||She was in
dressed like a queen.
|Rodolfo||Hooray! I'm pleased about that!|
|Marcello (to himself)||The liar, he's dying in love.|
|(They return to work)|
|Rodolfo (throwing his pen down)||Confounded pen.|
|Marcello (throwing his brush down)||Confounded brush.|
|(He furtively draws a silk ribbon from his pocket and kisses it)|
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