Rodolphe (roh-DOHLF), an impoverished poet who takes up with Mimi and later writes a successful book, but who is not lucky in love.
Mimi (mee-MEE), “La Bohème” (boh-EHM), who becomes the mistress of Rodolphe, and briefly of Paul. She dies grieving for Rodolphe.
Alexander Schaunard (ah-lehk-SAHN-dr shoh-NAHR), a composer and portrait painter, ejected from his studio in the Latin Quarter.
Marcel (mahr-SEHL), a painter who takes over Schaunard’s studio.
Mother Cadet (kah-DAY), whose rabbit stew attracts the penniless Bohemians.
Colline (koh-LEEN), a philosopher who shares his stew with Schaunard.
The Uncle of Rodolphe
The Uncle of Rodolphe, who wants him to write a manual on stove-making.
Mlle Musette (mew-ZEHT-), the mistress of Marcel, and others, who gives a party for the artists.
The Councilor of State
The Councilor of State, who jilts Musette.
M. Benoit (beh-NWAH), the landlord of Rodolphe, whose room he rents to Mimi.
Momus (moh-MEWS), the owner of Cafe Momus. He is generous to artists.
Barbemuche (bahrb-MEWSH), who pays for the artists’ Christmas Eve in the Café Momus.
M. Maurice (moh-REES), a temporary lover of Musette.
Viscount Paul, a lover of Mimi.
Phémie (fay-MEE), the mistress of Schaunard.