Joyce El-Khoury, Ekaterina Bakanova and Corinne Winters lead three excellent casts in Richard Eyre’s much-loved production of Verdi’s most famous opera.
Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata goes beyond the surface glamour of Parisian life to expose the doomed love for Alfredo and Violetta, the opera was inspired by Alexandre Dumas fils’s play La Dame aux camélias – itself based on the true story of the courtesan Marie Duplessis
The story centres around Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta who fall passionately in love. But Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, disapproves of their relationship.
Richard Eyre’s classic production conveys the indulgent social whirl of 19th-century Paris. It provides a vivid setting for Verdi’s score – its many highlights include Violetta’s introspective ‘Ah fors’è lui’ and ecstatic ‘Sempre libera’; the duet ‘Pura siccome un angelo’, as Giorgio Germont begs Violetta to leave Alfredo; and ‘Parigi, o cara’, in which the lovers poignantly imagine a life that will never be theirs.
The performance lasts about 3 hours 15 minutes, including two intervals.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website here
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