The opera La Bohème in four acts by Giacomo Puccini has been one of the most popular operas since its premiere in Turin in 1896 and is part of the standard repertoire of many opera houses. The opera is set in Paris around 1830. La Scala offers a classic production of La Bohème. The opera was first performed in Milan in 1963, conducted by Herbert von Karajan. The libretto is based on the novel Les scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger and was written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.