Why See La Traviata?
Elizabeth Zharoff makes her UK debut
La Traviata makes a welcome return to the Coliseum in 2018, in a brand-new retooled production by newcomer ENO Artistic Director, Daniel Kramer. Soprano Claudia Boyle returns to ENO following her star turn in 2016's The Pearl Fishers as the doomed courtesan Violetta in Verdi's tragic work of forbidden love and selfless actions. Singing the role of Alfredo will be rising star tenor Lukhanyo Moyake, marking his debut on the UK stage. Another debut to the company is maestro Leo McFall, who will conduct the production. Follow the tragic journey of one woman's dream of love in Verdi's stunning masterpiece.
WHAT IS LA TRAVIATA ABOUT?
Violetta the courtesan is celebrating the return to society after a short illness, and is holding a party. There she meets the shy Rodolfo who has admired her from afar; she has never noticed him before due to his reticence, and her penchant for older, wealthier men. She considers him for a moment and gives him a flower, asking him to return to her when it has wilted. She excuses herself from the party due to feeling weak, however she meets with him the very next day.
The action then skips ahead a few months and they are a happy couple; Violetta has given up her life as a courtesan and they are living happily in her country house outside Paris. Unbeknownst to Rodolfo, she has been supporting their lavish country lifestyle by secretly selling her possessions. When her maid returns from Paris, Rodolfo finds out the truth and is horrified. He leaves for Paris immediately, vowing to return when he has settled the accounts.
Violetta returns to an empty house and receives an invitation from her friend, Flora, to a party in Paris that evening. Alfredo's father, Giorgio Germont is also there; instead of welcoming her, he demands that she break off her relationship with his son for the sake of his family, since he reveals that Violetta's reputation has threatened his daughter's engagement. Despite Violetta's nobility and insistence of her love for Rodolfo, something which he did not expect from a courtesan, he finally wears her down and heartbroken, she agrees to end her relationship. In a gesture of gratitude for her kindness and sacrifice, Giorgio kisses her forehead before leaving her utterly bereft.
Opening night: 16 March 2018
Suitable for ages 12+
Two hours and 40 minutes (interval to be confirmed)
And before you stop reading
Sung and surtitled in English
Cast and Creative
Elizabeth Zharoff as Violetta
Ben Johnson as Alfredo
Anthony Michaels-Moore as Giorgio Germon
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