Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
Violetta wears velvet and lace and drinks the very best champagne from crystal glasses. Her parties are legendary, her company desired. She's free and free-spirited, living outside society's bounds, and for this courtesan, it seems like the party will never end. Could a little love really change everything?
La Traviata is so popular because it puts a life we can only dream of on stage, with its risqué glamour, joys and sorrows.
Verdi's music sings of freedom with flying melodies, makes merry with rousing drinking songs and leaves us, at the last, with passionate duets between breaking hearts.
This production by Elijah Moshinsky is one of our most successful, featuring lush party scenes in Paris and beautiful autumn afternoons in the countryside.
Lavish, crowded sets and exquisite costumes combined with Verdi's famous tunes offer the perfect way to experience opera for the first time, or the chance to revisit a favourite with an exciting new cast.
Outstanding young American soprano Corinne Winters makes her Australian debut in her signature role.
Raise your glass, flutter your pretty lashes, it's Paris in the salons and you're the life of this party. He's staring at you, he's singing for you... Are you tempted?
Dine before the opera at Arts Centre Melbourne
Let us make it easy for you with pre-performance dining at Café Vic at Arts Centre Melbourne. You'll be served a themed set menu, including matched wine. Lunch and dinner options available. View the menu.
Simply add the dining option to your cart after selecting tickets. If you already have tickets, sign in to your account to add dinner to your existing booking or call 03 9685 3700.
|Revival Director||Constantine Costi|
|Set Designer||Michael Yeargan|
|Costume Designer||Peter J Hall|
|Lighting Designer||Nigel Levings|
|Violetta Valéry||Corinne Winters|
|Alfredo Germont||Yosep Kang (until May 4)|
|Ho-Yoon Chung (May 8 & 11)|
|Giorgio Germont||José Carbó|
|Flora Bervoix||Dominica Matthews|
|Baron Douphol||Adrian Tamburini|
|Marquis d'Obigny||Tom Hamilton|
|Doctor Grenvil||Gennadi Dubinsky|
|Giuseppe||Jin Tea Kim|
Running time: approximately 2 hours & 48 minutes, including two 20-minute intervals
Beautiful and carefree, the courtesan Violetta is the life of every party. But behind her dazzling smile, she knows that she is dying. Unaware of her troubles, the shy Alfredo is in love. Violetta is torn: is the promise of true love worth giving up her life of freedom?
She takes a chance on a life with Alfredo living in the country, and it seems she could be happy. But Alfredo's father has other ideas. He demands the impossible: Violetta leave Alfredo, for the sake of his family’s reputation.
Devastated, Violetta agrees, and writes Alfredo a letter of farewell, concealing her love.
Alfredo is heartbroken and furious, and coming face to face with her at a ball, he delivers the ultimate insult.
Will Alfredo learn of Violetta’s undying love before she succumbs to her illness?
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 Douphol. Her guests have just completed a long lunch and the Baron is reading the last pages of a novel by Dumas to Violetta when 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.
Violetta and Alfredo have been living together for three months in a house in the country. When Alfredo discovers that Violetta is selling her belongings to pay for their expenses, he is conscience-stricken and leaves to visit his father, to raise some money. His father, however, has decided to call on Violetta to persuade her to give up Alfredo. Alfredo’s sister hopes to be married soon, and his relationship with Violetta jeopardises the family’s honour. Violetta realises that as a ‘fallen woman’ she would destroy Alfredo’s family and consents to leave him. She decides to leave instantly and writes a message to Alfredo, breaking off their affair. When Alfredo receives the message he is distraught and, despite his father’s attempts to console him, rushes off to wreak revenge on Violetta.
A party is being held in Flora’s house. Alfredo enters to join the gambling party. When Violetta enters on the arm of the Baron she freezes with tension. Alfredo begins to insult the Baron and the two rivals meet over cards, and Alfredo, unlucky in love, cannot lose a hand. The game is interrupted by dinner.
Violetta begs Alfredo to leave before Douphol seeks revenge. Alfredo insists she comes with him and, in desperation, she says she loves the Baron. Alfredo publicly humiliates Violetta and throws money at her as payment for her services. Alfredo’s father reproves him for such behaviour.
It is early morning and Violetta is sleeping. The doctor has given her only a few hours to live. Violetta rereads a letter from Alfredo’s father, telling her that the Baron was wounded in the duel with Alfredo and that Alfredo may have left the country.
But Alfredo has been told by his father of Violetta’s sacrifice and he returns — only to be confronted by the dying Violetta. He humours her by telling her that they should plan a new life away from Paris. Alfredo’s father has followed him and enters, followed by the doctor. Violetta suddenly feels revived, ready to start a new life with Alfredo — but this is only the symptom of the last moments of her disease and she falls dead.
Raise your glass and let the party begin...
Let us make it easy for you with pre-performance dining at Arts Centre Melbourne.
Allow us to make your dinner reservation before evening performances: 6pm at Café Vic in the Arts Centre Melbourne. You'll be served a themed three-course set menu for just $95, including matched wine.
Enjoy lunch before a matinee performance: 11:30am at Café Vic. You'll be served a themed two-course set menu for just $65, with main and dessert, including a glass of wine.
Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting your tickets.
Entrée (The Baron)
Dinner only, not available at lunch
Homemade pork and pistachio terrine served with pickled vegetables, and freshly
baked sourdough bread
+ a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.
Main (The Courtesan)
Dinner and lunch
Seared salmon served with ratatouille, basil pesto with a side of onion rings
+ a glass of Endless Chardonnay, Central Victoria.
Dessert (Violetta's Passion)
Dinner and lunch
Violet gâteau with elderberry syrup
+ tea or filtered coffee.
Specific dietary requirements can be accommodated, please send us an email after booking.
Published menu is subject to change without notice. Vegetarian and vegan options are available upon request. This menu is available only before performances of La Traviata.
"La Traviata is marvellous, visually stunning, and musically divine."
"[Corinne Winters] is a very contemporary Violetta"
Saw #LaTraviata last night in Melbourne.— Michael Cathcart (@CathcartMichael) April 18, 2018
An intimate tragedy played out under a very public gaze.
Elijah Moshinsky's 1994 production still feels fresh and deeply humane.@OperaAustralia @artscentremelb pic.twitter.com/tEkFM7fDQz
Since 1994, Moshinsky’s La traviata for @OperaAustralia has provided a stunning and highly detailed view into courtesan Violetta Valéry’s world. Tonight, it was brought to vivid life with a strong lead cast, the depth of supporting roles and a wonderfully rich chorus.�� pic.twitter.com/qqKn89u4zX— Paul Selar (@OperaChaser) April 17, 2018