La traviata


La traviata

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

La traviata tells the famous story of how the beautiful but vulnerable courtesan Violetta is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation.

Set in Paris in the mid-19th century it is one of the most subtle and passionate of tragic operas in the repertoire.  

It presents fascinating characters and potent, moving and instantly recognisable melodies.

For emotion alone it is justifiably one of the most popular operas of all time.

Director Elijah Moshinsky’s compelling production gets to the heart of the opera’s themes of love and death with pathos and power.

The organic structure and melodic beauty of the score achieves aching tenderness and fragility when Alfredo embraces the dying Violetta, and she sings, ‘Gran Dio! Morir si giovine’: (‘O God, to die so young’).

Starring the radiant Emma Matthews as Violetta, exciting Polish tenor Arnold Rutkowski, who hands over the role of Alfredo to rising Australian tenor Martin Buckingham later in the season, and the outstanding baritone José Carbó as Giorgio, affirms the intimacy and grandeur of vintage opera. Komische Oper’s music director Patrick Lange conducts. 

Conductor Patrick Lange
Director Elijah Moshinsky
Rehearsed by Roger Press
Set Designer Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer Peter J Hall
Lighting Designer Nigel Levings
Violetta Valéry Emma Matthews
Alfredo Germont Arnold Rutkowski (to August 17)
Martin Buckingham
Giorgio Germont José Carbó
Flora Bervoix Dominica Matthews
Gastone Stephen Smith
Baron Douphol Shane Lowrencev
Pelham Andrews (9 August only)
Marquis d’Obigny Michael Honeyman
Dr Grenvil Richard Anderson
Annina Natalie Aroyan
Messenger Jonathan McCauley
Servant Richard Mitchell

Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Opera Australia Chorus

Running time: Two hours and fifty minutes including two twenty-minute intervals.

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