La Traviata | York Barbican


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La Traviata

08 Jun 2015

Featuring Bolshoi Theatre Guest Soloist in the role of Violetta 

Accompanied by a large, live orchestra with over 30 musicians.

“Always top quality shows from this producer” Stage Talk Magazine

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This haunting tragedy with its beautiful areas will transport you to the world in which it is set.

La Traviata is an Opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi, set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave - a love story shrouded in sacrifice and misunderstanding.

Masterpiece in its own right, it contains some of Verdi’s most beautiful and memorable music.

The title La Traviata means literally The Fallen Woman, or perhaps more figuratively, The Woman Who Strayed.

It is based on La Dame aux Camélias, a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils.

It recounts Dumas’ true-life affair with the beautiful demi-mondaine, Marie Duplessis.

A courtesan called Violetta is stuck in a round of endless parties until, Alfredo, a geeky writer, convinces her to live in the country. Deeply in love, all is blissful contentment until some home truths convince her to leave Alfredo and head back into the arms of another…

Shadowing Violetta is the disease that so often afflicts morally questionable 19th-century women: consumption.

Verdi’s music encompasses an astonishing range of moods and emotions, from Alfredo’s fresh-faced charms to Violetta’s vivid effervescence, which is perfectly captured in ‘Sempre libera’, a vocal showpiece to rival any other.

A tragic and resonant tale of society and morality, La Traviata combines compelling characters with hugely powerful, moving and instantly recognisable melodies, making it still, 162 years after its 1853 debut, one of the most emotionally engaging and popular Operas of all time.

To see this opera is to have an experience of unforgettable emotive power and reflection.

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