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20 Sep 2014 - 27 Mar 2015

Giuseppe Verdi (1853)

New production

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 on Thursday 26 February at 7pm
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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What the critics say

As performances go, this one takes some beating.

The Guardian - Full Review ›

Beautifully designed, well-acted and handsomely sung.

The Arts Desk - Full Review ›

Talevi and Boyd paint the scenes of whoopee with colour and pizzazz […] a Traviata which will give pleasure to many.

Daily Telegraph - Full Review ›

Alessandro Talevi’s staging is bursting with ideas.

The Times - Full Review ›

If last Saturday’s rapturous reception from the first night audience at Leeds Grand Theatre is a reliable indicator, Opera North’s stimulating new production of La Traviata is certain to be a great popular success.

Opera Britannia - Full Review ›

Anna Jeruc-Kopec succeeds [...] combining excellent singing with acting of range and imagination. [...] A memorable evening

The Stage - Full Review ›



La traviata rehearsals in pictures


Opera North’s Autumn 2014 season opens with a brand new production of Verdi’s La traviata, set among the glamour, vitality and beauty of the Belle Époque: a golden age of Parisian art, culture and romance at the turn of the 20th century. We caught ... Read More


  • Violetta Valéry Anna Jeruc-Kopec
  • Flora Bervoix Victoria Sharp
  • Annina Louise Collett
  • Alfredo Germont Ji-Min Park
  • Giorgio Germont Stephen Gadd
  • Gastone Daniel Norman
  • Baron Douphol Peter Savidge
  • Marquis d'Obigny Nicholas Butterfield
  • Doctor Grenvil Dean Robinson
Creative Team
  • Conductor Oliver von Dohnányi (ex 25 & 27 Mar)
  • Conductor Justin Doyle (25 & 27 Mar)
  • Director Alessandro Talevi
  • Set and Costume Designer Madeleine Boyd
  • Lighting Designer Matthew Haskins
  • Choreographer Victoria Newlyn

Click on the venue below to plan your visit.

Leeds Grand Theatre

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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre

Important Information

Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

  • To access the Grand Theatre, there are six steps from the street up to the foyer or a wheelchair lift from the Grand Theatre Box Office to the foyer, and then lift access to the rest of the auditorium (excluding the Upper Balcony). Some areas of the auditorium do have steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please check with the Box Office. 
  • There are 6 wheelchair spaces: four in the Stalls and two in the Dress Circle.
  • There are accessible toilets at Stalls and Dress Circle levels. 
  • There is an infra-red system in operation for sound amplification. Headsets are available from the Grand Theatre foyer for a £5 refundable deposit. Please ask Box Office staff when booking for advice on the best seats to use this service. 
  • Support dogs are welcome in the auditorium and can be looked after on request. 
  • For refreshments, there are bars at Stalls, Upper Circle and Balcony levels.  

Choose from these fantastic pre-theatre dining options and make your experience complete!

The Alchemist

Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays. 

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Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required. 

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North Bar

Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre. 

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Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm. 

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Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.

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Brasserie Blanc

Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. 

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The Reliance

Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.

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100 Grey Street

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Box office: 08448 112121


Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.

The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.

There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.


Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.

Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.


The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.

Salford Quays

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ

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Box office: 0843 208 6000 

There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level. 

The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/

From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.

More info: http://www.thelowry.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/


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Theatre Square

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Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Find access details for Nottingham Theatre Royal

By Car

Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham

By Bus

For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070, Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   Find out about our £1 return bus ticket here.

By Tram

 The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.

By Rail

Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares. 


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Great Victoria Street

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Box office: 028 9024 1919

Easily accessible by road or public transport, The Grand Opera House is located on Great Victoria Street, next door to the world famous Europa Hotel. The main entrance is on Great Victoria Street, with Stage Door located on Glengall Street.

There is a multi-storey car park situated behind the Europa Hotel, accessible via Sandy Row and Hope Street. McCausland Car Park, located onGrosvenor Road, is open to midnight, Monday - Friday, and 11.00pm on Sunday. There is limited on-street parking on Great Victoria Street, while the nearby Days Hotel also offers secure car-parking facilities.

Great Victoria Street Train Station and the Europa Bus Centre are located on Great Victoria Street, next door to the Grand Opera House. Rail services are available on the Bangor, Londonderry, Larne and Portadown lines and cross-border Enterprise services to Dublin are also available. The Europa Bus Centre provides services across Northern Ireland. Timetables can be viewed at www.translink.co.uk or contact 028 9066 6630 for further information.

What you say

Comment from Mark


Mark said ago

Breath taking, an amazing and moving performance.

Comment from Mrs J M Tevlin


Mrs J M Tevlin said ago

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed La Traviata when we saw it on February 6th. The acting and singing from both Violetta and Afredo was excellent. The supporting cast members did not let the principals down. It was a very vibrant performance.

Comment from Peter Bloodworth


Peter Bloodworth said ago

After all the critical praise for the Violetta in the Autumn of the season I wondered if Anna Jeruc-Kopec must struggle to achieve such a stellar level. I am not in position to make comparisons, but this Violetta gives a stunning performance. Opera North are fully justified in an extended run of this production, even though other companies have toured La Taviata recently. The auditorium was well filled and at the intervals I overheard many enthusiastic comments from young audience members on their first visit to the opera. What an introduction!

Comment from Gareth & Charmaine Beaumont


Gareth & Charmaine Beaumont said ago

Wonderful performance - the soprano, in particular. All principles were very good.
Would have liked to see more movement of the chorus and a curtain call at the end.

Comment from George Barnard


George Barnard said ago

Hye-Youn Lee is up there and very close to Anna Netrebko. A masterful performance by all of the cast and something to rub in the noses of the southerners who think "it's grim up north." Opera North got it right again.

Comment from Chris H


Chris H said ago

Wonderful performance of a classic. The staging was elegant, the orchestra were on fine form, and the performers, particularly Hye Youn-Lee, were superb. Would recommend to everyone.

Comment from Catherine L


Catherine L said ago

A wonderfully enjoyable evening. I'd forgotten how wonderful the music of La Traviata is. Hye Youn Lee and Ji-Min Park are both very talented singers. Hye Youn Lee's voice has a particularly sweet tone in the quieter passages. The chorus of Opera North performed with their usual zest not to mention proving what good sports they are in the opening "orgy"!

Comment from ER


ER said ago

A thoroughly enjoyable evening. Strong principals and chorus excellent as usual. Staging was simple but effective. Keep up this mixture of old favourites and less frequently performed works.

Comment from James Eden


James Eden said ago

No matinee?

Comment from Opera North


Opera North said ago

Hi Richard, General booking for our performances at the Lowry opens on 3 July.

Comment from RichardW


RichardW said ago

Please can you tell me when tickets for La Trav at the Lowry go on sale?

Comment from NickP


NickP said ago

Oh no, not La Traviata again! This spring we've had English Touring Opera putting it on. Later this year we have Glyndebourne Touring Opera running it around, even Ellen Kent is bringing it all over the place this winter. Now opera North with a production duplicating autumn and spring performances at some venues.

Enough Traviata!

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Restaurant Deals


Food lovers and theatre buffs alike can enjoy a lavish three-course dinner at Crafthouse before or after a performance of our exciting new production of La traviata.

Guests will be greeted with a glass of Moët on arrival whilst admiring panoramic views of the city followed by a lavish seasonal three course British menu created by Executive Head Chef Lee Bennett.

To make the evening completely stress free, Crafthouse will also arrange transport to whisk you away to the theatre. Starting from £65 per person, this package is sure to be an opulent experience for friends, families and couples and also makes a perfect gift. To book this package, please contact Crafthouse directly on 0113 897 0444 or email crafthouse@danddleeds.com.



Crafthouse’s penthouse sister bar, Angelica, is joining the opera experience by serving their La traviata inspired cocktail, featuring Bacardi Oakheart and Cherry Brandy. Diners are invited to create a name for this cocktail for the chance to win a dinner and show experience for two. To enter, applicants need to visit Angelica's Facebook page or join in on Twitter using #ONTraviataCocktail.

Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special 2 or 3 course meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. To make a reservations, please call Veritas Ale and Wine Bar and quote 'Opera North': 0113 242 8094 



Brasserie Blanc

The extraordinary chefs of Brasserie Blanc have teamed up with Opera North to create a special pre-theatre menu for those looking to dine in style. After all, a night at the opera is never complete without an exquisite meal to accompany it. And how could we forget to mention the complimentary glass of bubbly upon arrival!

Offer: For just £20 per person, you'll receive a perfectly crafted 3-course dinner and a glass of sparkling wine to tingle your taste-buds! Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre, patrons can enjoy a leisurely meal before a fabulous evening of opera.

To make reservations, please call Brasserie Blanc and quote 'Opera North': 0113 220 6060
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