Shame, camera, action: Verdi’s La traviata at Longborough

Heavyweight opera behemoth /institution La traviata is always in need of agile, intelligent reworkings like Longborough’s intriguing new production. Daisy Evans’ incisive update makes Violetta Valéry a Hollywood filmstar in the late Fifties, taking inspiration from the celebrated, yet tortured life of Marilyn Monroe. While this has certainly been done before (memorably by Grange Park Opera in 2014), Evans’…

La traviata: Verdi, Ellen Kent International

Ellen Kent International bring a lavish touring production of La traviata to East Anglia, with international soloists, chorus and full orchestra. Performed with sumptuous sets and costumes, the opera is sung in Italian with English surtitles. A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the…

La traviata, Verdi: Ellen Kent International

Ellen Kent International bring a lavish touring production of La traviata to East Anglia, with international soloists, chorus and full orchestra. Performed with sumptuous sets and costumes, the opera is sung in Italian with English surtitles. A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the…

Visceral Verdi via 1950s Hollywood at Grange Park Opera

Grange Park Opera’s sharp new monochrome production takes La traviata to poolside bars awash with cocktails and pills, where Violetta clutches onto reality with breathless desperation in Fifties Hollywood. Claire Rutter gives a searingly powerful central performance, supported by a strong cast in the hands of a supremely intelligent director. Click here to read my full…

Sob-along-a-Verdi: OperaUpClose’s La Traviata

La Traviata has always been up close and personal. Its 1853 première was actually a critical failure, due to a revolutionary decision by Piave, Verdi’s librettist, to give the opera a contemporary setting – something which the Venetian audience had never seen before. Revived a year later, but this time in a Louis XIV setting,…