La traviata

Giuseppe Verdi

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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)

13 June at 12pm (Schools’ Matinee – not for public sale)

*Concession prices are available on these selected dates

Blue £80, Red £76, Green £65, Yellow £55, Pink £20

General booking opens on 12 February. For full details, including priority booking periods, click here.

 

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.

 

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Cast and Creatives

Conductor Matthew Kofi Waldren
Director Rodula Gaitanou
Designer Cordelia Chisholm
Lighting Designer Simon Corder
Violetta Lauren Fagan
Alfredo Matteo Desole (Stephen Aviss performs on 17 and 21 June)
Giorgio Germont Stephen Gadd
Flora Laura Woods
Annina Ellie Edmonds
Gastone Charne Rochford
Barone Douphol Nicholas Garrett
Marchese d’Obigny David Stephenson
Dottore Grenvil Henry Grant Kerswell
Joshua LaRock
For many years OHP has commissioned artists to create images to represent the season's operas. The images are not representations of the productions, but the artist’s interpretations.This year's images were designed by Joshua LaRock.

Joshua LaRock is internationally recognised as a preeminent figurative artist. After receiving a baccalaureate degree in Music Business, LaRock found himself compelled to explore a completely different vocation as an artist in the realm of painting. He attended the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City and later formed an essential part of their teaching program, dedicating seven years as a core instructor.

LaRock's exquisite paintings are an ode to the past while being filtered through a contemporary life - his point of reference. This makes his emotive figure compositions memorable and potent, his commissioned portraiture powerful and gives his narrative pieces an eerily present feeling. Even when referencing Bouguereau or one of the great compositions of the past, LaRock imbues a shade of the timeless, drawing the viewer deeper into his personal interpretation of how the world ought to be. A striking painting of the artist’s wife, Laura in Black, was exhibited last year at the National Portrait Gallery, London as part of the 2016 BP Portrait Award.

www.joshualarock.com