29 May, 1, 5*, 7, 9, 15*, 21, 23 June at 7.30pm
11 June at 7.30pm (Young Artists Performance)
17* June at 2pm (matinee, audio-described service available)
13 June at 12pm (Schools’ Matinee – not for public sale)
19 June at 7pm (Stop MS Charity Performance)
New production by Opera Holland Park
Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
With the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus
A spot of blood on a handkerchief. A flower given and returned. Verdi’s only opera on a contemporary subject scandalised the authorities before its 1853 premiere. Based on the life of Marie Duplessis, the Parisian prostitute with whom the novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas fell in love, La traviata is a story of first and last love.
Laced with some of the most famous arias and choruses ever written, La traviata follows the career of Violetta, a celebrated courtesan, from the champagne-fuelled decadence of the demimonde to the tragedy of a sacrifice that will break her heart. Beguiled by the love of Alfredo, a young man from the provinces, Violetta leaves Paris with him but returns to her old life when confronted by Alfredo’s father.
Flamboyant drinking songs and masquerades for gypsies and matadors interrupt an intimate story of love, jealousy, forgiveness and fatal disease as Violetta waits for the return of the only man she has ever loved.
Photos by © Robert Workman and Ali Wright for Opera Holland Park.
*Concessions available on certain dates (£3 off yellow price zone only)
Young Artists Performance on 11 June 2018
Cast and Creatives
|Conductor||Matthew Kofi Waldren|
|Lighting Designer||Simon Corder|
|Alfredo||Matteo Desole (Stephen Aviss performs on 11, 17 and 21 June)|
|Giorgio Germont||Stephen Gadd|
|Barone Douphol||Nicholas Garrett|
|Marchese d’Obigny||David Stephenson|
|Dottore Grenvil||Henry Grant Kerswell|
Cast and Creatives – Young Artists Performance on 11 June 2018
|Associate Conductor||Harry Sever|
|Associate Director||Cecilia Stinton|
|Giorgio Germont||Aidan Edwards|
|Barone Douphol||James Corrigan|
|Marchese d’Obigny||Felix Kemp|
|Dottore Grenvil||Aaron O’Hare|
With YA alumni Stephen Aviss as Alfredo