Puccini's tragic love story is set in the Latin Quater of Paris among the bohemian students whose hectic gaiety only partially masks the despair and pain that threaten their lives. It remains one of the most popular of all operas with its stark contrasts of lively humor and poignant tragedy. In this ENO recording director Jonathan Miller and designer Isabella Bywater have set Puccini's opera in the Paris of the 1930s, the era of depression. Together they have created an un-romanticized view of bohemian life, drawing inspiration from the realism and atmosphere caught in the films and sepia-tinted photohs of the period. American soprano Melody Moore stars as Mimi, whose tender love affair with Rodalfo, played by British tenor Alfie Boe, is doomed from the start.