Book Tickets
Release date

UK & Ireland: From 21 September 2021
Europe: From 21 September 2021
Australia & New Zealand: 16 & 17 October 2021

Running time

2 hours and 25 minutes

Violetta is the life of every party. A courtesan with a heart of gold, she’s free and free-spirited. Could a little love change everything?

Verdi’s hugely popular La Traviata returns to the Sydney Harbour water stage featuring a breath-taking soaring nine metre high, 3.5 ton chandelier covered in 10,000 shimmering crystals.

This glamorous production was captured on location on Sydney Harbour in 2021 in front of a sold out audience. La Traviata features timeless romantic arias, lively choreography, beautiful costumes and spectacular fireworks.

“It’s the perfect potion — the glitzy visuals and hyperactive energy of a Broadway musical mixed with world-class opera.”

Time Out

Cast & Creative

Conductor
Director
Based on an original production by
Set designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Choreographer
Assistant Director
Sound Designer
Violetta Valéry
Alfredo Germont
Giorgio Germont
Flora Bervoix
Annina
Gastone
Baron Douphol
Marquis d'Obigny
Doctor Grenvil

Opera Australia Orchestra & Opera Australia Chorus

Synopsis

Act I

Violetta has been to a sanatorium to treat her tuberculosis. On her return to health she throws a party to mark her re-emergence in the demi-monde under the protection of Baron Duphol. Her guests have just completed a long lunch and the Baron is reading the last pages of a novel by Dumas to Violetta as Flora, a rival courtesan, enters with her protector the Marquis.

Alfredo is introduced to Violetta by the decadent Gaston. Alfredo has begged Gaston to introduce him to Violetta. He has long been enthralled by her and has enquired after Violetta every day of her illness.

Violetta insists that everyone sits together and drinks a toast to the occasion. Alfredo is prevailed upon to sing a drinking song from Provence.

As the guests leave to dance in the ballroom, Violetta feels faint and is momentarily left alone. Alfredo re-enters and confesses his love for her. She asks him to return the following day.

After her guests leave and she is alone, Violetta begins to consider the conflicting feelings of love and hedonism that are pulling her in opposite directions.

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La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo Credit: Hamilton Lund

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo Credit: Hamilton Lund

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour 2021

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

Strategic and Government Sponsor

NSW Government

Patron-in-Chief
Principal Partner

Opera Australia Government Partner

Australia Council for the Arts