What’s on Manchester: Ellen Kent’s La Traviata Manchester Opera House
Friday 9th March 2018
Tickets from £19.90
Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra
Verdi La Traviata
Starring the international soprano Alyona Kistenyova* and the Korean soprano Maria HeeJung Kim*
The love story that gripped Paris
Back by public demand
A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La Dame aux Camelias.
Based on a true story, it tells of the passionate loves and life of the consumptive courtesan, Violetta. There are many echoes of Verdi’s own life in Traviata and he threw himself into the music. The highlights include the Brindisi, the best known drinking song in opera, the duet Un Di Felice and Violetta’s haunting aria Addio Del Passato.
This magnificent production boasts sumptuous sets and costumes.
‘Uplifting, charming, heroic and finally tear-jerking’
‘Alyona Kistenyova has a lovely soprano voice and sang with precision and excellent tone’
Manchester Theatre Awards
In a salon in Paris in the late summer of 1850, the courtesan Violetta is holding a lavish party. Alfredo Germont, a fervent admirer, is soon introduced. He is concerned for her failing health, which is more than can be said for her escort, Baron Douphol. As the guests move to the ballroom Alfredo declares his love, urging her also to abandon her current tempestuous lifestyle. The assembled guests return and depart, leaving Violetta to ponder Alfredo’s tantalising offer.
Act II, Scene I
It is early the following year and Alfredo and Violetta have been living together for some time in an isolated country house. Both are deliriously happy yet Alfredo soon learns that Violetta is having to sell off her possessions in order to maintain them, prompting him to hurry off to rearrange his own affairs. Violetta receives an unexpected visitor – it is Alfredo’s father, who dispassionately urges her to leave his son for the sake of a younger daughter whose future is being threatened by her brother’s liaison. The tormented Violetta dismisses his pleas but is soon won over. She will “force” Alfredo to abandon her by going back to the Baron. She has written notes to both men when Alfredo himself returns. Violetta makes a hasty excuse to him and departs. A moment later the letter is delivered, telling Alfredo the awesome truth. The lingering Germont Senior attempts to comfort his son, but Alfredo is already bent on revenge.
Act II, Scene II
The hostess Flora Bervoix’s ball that same evening is in full swing. Alfredo enters affecting indifference, and playing cards. He is soon followed by Violetta and the Baron. The guests are summoned to dinner and Violetta and Alfredo are allowed a moment alone. Violetta says that Douphol is seeking a duel; Alfredo begs her to return to him; she refuses and he hurtles his gambling winnings at her feet in repayment for the monies she has given him. The guests are appalled. Germont Senior arrives and Douphol issues his challenge.Act III
In her bedroom at night, despite encouraging words from her Doctor, Violetta knows she only has hours to live. Alfredo has fought his duel and fled abroad but, told of her sacrifice, is hurrying back to Paris and Violetta to make amends. On his return, the lover’s dream briefly of happiness but Violetta soon collapses. A contrite Germont Senior can do little and Violetta dies.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Cast subject to change
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