La traviata

Giuseppe Verdi

29 September - 17 November 2022

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A love story like no other

The ballrooms and bedrooms of high society are a dizzying whirl in the life of Violetta, the most glamorous courtesan in all of Paris. Living life on her own terms, to her surprise she falls in love with the naïve young Alfredo. But this intoxicating romance takes a devastating turn when her past life catches up with her, and she’s forced to sacrifice what may be her only chance of real love.

This riveting tale of scandal, forbidden relationships and damaged reputations bursts with some of the most memorable melodies in opera, including ‘Sempre libera’ and the iconic drinking song ‘Brindisi’.

Director Alessandro Talevi and designer Madeleine Boyd‘s production brings to life one of the most popular operas of all time.

“The perfect curtain-raiser for Opera North’s new season”
★★★★ — The Stage

“Alison Langer delivers… broken yet transcendentally graceful in her final moments”
★★★★ — The Times

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Running time
Approx. 2 hours 45 minutes including two intervals

Sung in Italian with English titles

Audio described and signed performances

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Violetta’s house, Paris

Violetta, a famous courtesan in Parisian high society, is hosting a luxurious party to celebrate her recovery from tuberculosis. At the party she meets long-term admirer Alfredo Germont.

Alfredo finds a moment alone with Violetta and confesses his love for her. She rejects his advances, but as he is about to leave, she gives him a flower and asks him to return when it has wilted.

Violetta’s country house outside Paris, 3 months later…

Alfredo and Violetta have fallen in love and are living together in a country home outside Paris.

Unexpectedly Alfredo’s father, Giorgio arrives and demands Violetta break off their scandalous relationship for the sake of his family. Violetta writes a farewell later to Alfredo and leaves for a party in Paris.

Alfredo reads the letter and sets off to Paris in a rage, suspecting the Baron is responsible for their separation.

At the party, Violetta is surprised to see Alfredo at the gambling table as she arrives with the Baron. Fearful the Baron’s anger will lead to a deadly duel, Violetta asks Alfredo to leave and denounces her love for him.

Enraged by the rejection, Alfredo confronts Violetta and humiliates her in front of all the guests.

Violetta’s bedroom

Violetta’s tuberculosis has worsened. She will not live for much longer. Giorgio has sent a letter, he tells Violetta he has revealed the truth behind their separation to Alfredo and asked him to forgive her.

Alfredo arrives. The lovers are reunited. But it is too late, a moment later Violetta dies in his arms.


Audio introduction

This audio introduction gives detailed information about the story, the sets and costumes, the cast list, and the dates and venues of the performances.

It is to aid customers who are blind or partially sighted. Please note, the story and the details of the sets and costumes contain spoilers, so avoid them if you would prefer not to know what happens!

Introduction – 0:00
Story – 1:38
Sets – 3:34
Characters and Costumes – 7:40
The Cast and Creative Team – 12:48
Further Information – 13:50

Cast & creative

Alison Langer

Violetta Valéry*

Black and white headshot of Maire Flavin
Máire Flavin

Violetta Valéry†

Black and white headshot of Nico Darmanin
Nico Darmanin

Alfredo Germont*

Black and white headshot of Oliver Johnston
Oliver Johnston

Alfredo Germont†

A man wearing round glasses and a flat cap.
Damiano Salerno

Giorgio Germont*

A man with a short beard wearing a white shirt.
Stephen Gadd

Giorgio Germont†

Amy J Payne


A man with short hair wearing a blazer and tie.
Gavan Ring


James Cleverton

Baron Douphol

Matthew Stiff

Doctor Grenvil

Victoria Sharp

Flora Bervoix

Nicholas Butterfield

Marquis d’Obigny

Black and white headshot of Jonathan Webb
Jonathan Webb


A man with short dark hair and light blue eyeliner.
Manoj Kamps


Alessandro Talevi


Madeleine Boyd

Set and Costume Designer

Matthew Haskins

Lighting Designer

A woman with dark hair.
Victoria Newlyn


* 29 Sep, 1, 25, 29 Oct, 1, 3, 8, 11, 16 Nov
† 30 Sep, 2, 24, 27 Oct, 2, 10, 15, 17 Nov

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