A Free, Public, BIG-SCREEN BROADCAST of a New Production of

Puccini’s LA BOHÈME
Saturday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m.
on Independence Mall

Sung in Italian with English translations

Generously funded by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Opera Company of Philadelphia cordially invites both opera buffs and novices alike to grab their picnic baskets and blankets, and join the community for LA BOHÈME ON THE MALL!, a free, big-screen broadcast of the beloved Puccini masterpiece in a new, art-inspired production on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. on Independence Mall.  Building on the incredible response to last year’s inaugural broadcast of Carmen which drew over 5,000 registrants,this free, public event at one of Philadelphia’s most iconic public spaces is underwritten by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.




Tickets to LA BOHÈME ON THE MALL!, are free, but registration is required!  Please register online and bring your print-at-home ticket for expedited entrance to the Mall.  Register now

Performance Time: 

The performance will begin at 7:00p.m. Gates to the Mall will open at 6:00 pm. The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Rain Date: 

Due to the complexity of setting up this event, the rain date for the opera broadcast was originally planned for Sunday evening, October 7th.  The forecast for Sunday is now confirmed as very cool and rainy, making it impossible to rely on Sunday as a rain date.  Saturday's call is for a high of 75 with a low chance of showers for the afternoon, clearing before 6:00 p.m.  As we've seen in recent weeks, gray skies do not necessarily mean rain, so we ask you to please keep Opera on the Mall in your plans for Saturday evening! 

Entrance Locations: 

Streamlined easy entrance for pre-registered ticket holders will be at the corner of 6th & Market Streets. Additional entrance points for registration will be located on Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th Streets.  All entrances are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

La bohème Program Content:

NEW! Download the iPhone OCP Boheme from the app store: click here
Program content is also available by visiting on your mobile device.

Enjoying the Simulcast: 

All seating will be on the lawn and concrete, so please bring your blankets and beach chairs (low-slung preferred, so as not to block your neighbor's view!).  An area for lawn seating only will be reserved in the front of the block.  Please dress in layers to be sure you are warm and comfortable after dark!

Picnic dinners are encouraged.  Please note that alcohol is prohibited onsite by the National Park Service.  Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times.

Snacks and meals: 

Boxed sandwich meals are available for pre-order and may be picked up at the Independence Visitor Center anytime after 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 6.
Orders may be placed until 12 p.m. on Friday, October 5.

Click here to order


Restrooms are available at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th & Market Streets.  Additional restrooms are available at 5th & Chestnut at the Park Service pavilion.

Information and First Aid: 

Located at 5th & Chestnut, near the Park restroom facilities.


As traffic in the historic district will be heavy, audiences are encouraged to take public transportation to the area of Independence Mall. 

Click here to use Google Maps to get walking, driving, or public transit directions to the Mall area.



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