Giuseppe Verdi (1853)
Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life, and circumstances conspire to force her to sacrifice what may be her only chance of real love.
Asked some years after its premiere which of his operas he liked best, Verdi replied ‘Speaking as a professional, Rigoletto; as an amateur La traviata’. He poured some of his most heartfelt music into this intimate story of family tensions and blighted love, and the result is one of opera’s most profoundly moving masterpieces.
Director Alessandro Talevi and designer Madeleine Boyd (The Turn of the Screw, Don Giovanni) set Opera North’s first new production of La traviata for 15 years in Belle Époque Paris. The young Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò makes his Opera North debut. Two South Korean artists with burgeoning international careers, the soprano Hye-Youn Lee and the tenor Ji-Min Park, are Violetta and Alfredo during the autumn 2014 season while Polish soprano Anna Jeruc-Kopec takes over the role of Violetta for the January to March 2015 season.
Free pre-show talks
Sat 27 September, Fri 3 & 17 October, Tue 28 October, Sat 1 November.
Talks by Opera North Chorus member Sarah Estill. Begins 1 hour before the performance. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.
Audio Described performance
Thursday 26 February, 7:00pm. Please call 0113 223 3700 to book.
Sung in Italian with English titles
Performance lasts 2 hours 45 minutes
Listen below to hear the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North with Hye Youn Lee as Violetta and Ji-Min Park as Alfredo perform Brindisi from La traviata recorded in November 2014.
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