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Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney


Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one interval.

Please note

This production contains adult content including sexual themes and implied violence.

“What should I do? Plunge into the vortex of pleasure and drown there?” – Violetta

Following rave reviews and sold-out performances in 2024, our new production of La Traviata returns to the Sydney Opera House for a special encore season.

Violetta is a coveted courtesan, the toast of Paris, desired by many. When she meets the ardent Alfredo, her life changes forever and she longs to break free of her past. But can she? Who is this woman beyond the sparkling salon? This fresh production of a classic invites new questions.

From the vivacious chorus of the famous ‘Brindisi’ to Violetta’s soaring ‘Sempre libera’ and the breathless notes at the opera’s tragic end, Verdi’s music for La Traviata is a thrilling, emotional experience.

This production has been labelled “triumphant” (Sydney Morning Herald). Director Sarah Giles brings Violetta’s inner world centre stage in a glittering staging that shows the heartache behind the glamour.

Charles Davis’ set highlights Violetta’s private turmoil, even in the midst of spectacular crowd scenes. His stunning gowns reflect the silhouettes of the Victorian era, with all the fun of 20th century couture.

Rising star Samantha Clarke returns to reprise her awe-inspiring performance as Violetta, alongside a cast of local talents.

“A triumphant ‘new’ La Traviata. ★★★★½”

Sydney Morning Herald


The music

La Traviata at Sydney Opera House (2024)

Photographer: Keith Saunders

La Traviata at Lyric Theatre, QPAC (2022)

Photographer: Jade Ferguson, Visual Poets Society

La Traviata at Sydney Opera House (2024)

Photographer: Keith Saunders

La Traviata at Sydney Opera House (2024)

Photographer: Keith Saunders

La Traviata at Sydney Opera House (2024)

Photographer: Keith Saunders

La Traviata at Sydney Opera House (2024)

Photographer: Keith Saunders

Cast & Creative

Set & Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Violetta Valéry
Samantha Clarke (23 Jan–21 Feb)

Opera Australia Orchestra
Opera Australia Chorus

Cheat Sheet: La Traviata

Everything you need to know about the world's most-performed opera.

What happens in the story? Who was the composer? What should I expect from the music? Here’s everything you need to know…

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Page to Stage: La Traviata

See how Charles Davis’ beautiful designs made their way from design sketch and render to the stage.

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Finding Violetta

Director Sarah Giles’ production discovers a sometimes-neglected side to one of opera’s greatest roles.

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Essay: A timeless drama written in haste

How Verdi used some of operas most recognisable conventions to create a new kind of masterpiece in La Traviata.

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Violetta’s Paris salon

Violetta is unwell. After spending time in a sanatorium to treat her tuberculosis, the notorious courtesan marks her return to Paris with a lavish party, entering on the arm of her current lover, Baron Douphol.

Alfredo has wanted to meet Violetta for some time. He is introduced to her by his confidant Gastone. She convinces Alfredo to sing a drinking song. He toasts to love; she toasts to freedom.

As the guests make their way to the ballroom, Alfredo confesses his love for her and Violetta considers if a life with financial security is worth sacrificing for true love (‘Sempre libera’).

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