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La Traviata

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Verdi’s enduring opera tells the tragic love story of Alfredo and courtesan Violetta. Read More >

The Royal Opera’s summer season of scintillating Italian works begins spectacularly with Renée Fleming as Violetta and Joseph Calleja as Alfredo in Verdi’s enduring favourite, La Traviata, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera.

La Traviata, the operatic version of La Dame Aux Camélias, comes vividly to life in Richard Eyre’s classic production, whose rich stage designs evoke the pleasure-seeking whirl of Parisian society. But beneath the glamour lies the doomed love of Alfredo for Violetta, a courtesan, and the tensions they encounter as they break society’s conventions.

Verdi’s La Traviata score matches soaring melodies to great dramatic moments. Act I celebrates life and pleasure with its great showpiece ‘Ah! fors’è lui’. In Act II Alfredo’s stern father, Germont, sung by Thomas Hampson, discovers in an intense confrontation that Violetta’s love is truly noble. The crowds and dancing girls of the gambling scene that follows throw into relief La Traviata’s final heart-rending reunion of Alfredo with Violetta, now seriously ill, when he discovers too late the truth of her selfless sacrifice for him.

La Traviata is performed in Italian with English surtitles.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 18/06/2009

Closing Night: 6/07/2009

Running time: 3h20

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Cast & Creative


Renee Fleming, Joseph Calleja,Thomas Hampson, Eddie Wade, Richard Wiegold, Monika-Evelin Liiv, Kostas Smoiginas, Haoyin Xue, Sarah Pring, Jonathan Coad, Neil Gillespie, Charbel Mattar


Director - Richard Eyre. Revival Director: Patrick Young

Producer - Royal Opera

Designer - Bob Crowley

Conductor - Antonio Pappano

Lighting Designer - Jean Kalman

Movement Director - Jane Gibson

Music By - Giuseppe Verdi

About Royal Opera House

Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD

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