Bohème is technically a bit later (the Wiki entry
is pretty good - I'd say early '40s are the real period), but if you go by the opera, there are no markers for exact period, so if directors can set it in 1957 or 1914 or any other period they please, I can write crossovers to my heart's content
Picking through the original text, there are no strong markers of time, either, or none that I noticed, which means I'm glad to pull characters and information from that, too. The sense of period with Murger is fluid enough, and Illica/Giacosa's libretto for the opera is more than reasonable. The Café Momus actually existed, and probably early enough for our boys if the dating of this picture
is correct (the location is correct, but Boys was in Paris through 1837, then may have returned later).
The Coast of Utopia timeline focuses strictly on 1848, of course, but there should be plenty of opportunities there. The Herzens arrive in Paris in March 1847, but after six months, they go to Italy, because France is not living up to the ideal. Therefore, they miss the February Revolution. They go back once news reaches Rome, this time in the company of the Tuchkovs. They returned to Paris on 5 May, therefore witnessed all the awfulness of the June Days, then the Tuchkovs left for Russia in November of that year. The Herzens leave for Geneva in the middle of 1849, back to Paris in January 1850, back to Switzerland in August, then to Nice (which was then owned by one of the Italian states) in June 1851.
Of course, that begs the question, could Marius handle a social circle that involves Alexander Herzen and George Herwegh?
There's got to be some backstory in Zola: the Rougon-Macquart
series has origins falling into our period, though he was mostly writing the novels in his own period and setting them during the Second Empire. There's at least crossover potential simply due to the age of some of the characters.
You get Rossini
premieres in Paris throughout this period, though it's too bad that Bellini
being awesome (and bi) is in Italy during most of our period (the I Puritani Paris premiere was in 1835). This is assuming that even half of Terrence McNally's Golden Age
is true, but McNally totally gave Bellini a very cute revolutionary boyfriend, but they all arrive in Paris slightly too late for it to do me any good (again, can't imagine these being circles Marius would travel in).
What kind of literature and what kind of life is the same question. - Tom Stoppard