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Catch The Royal Opera's La traviata on BP Big Screens around the UK on 4 July 2017

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By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

30 June 2017 at 5.14pm | 14 Comments

Grab a picnic – The Royal Opera's La traviata will be relayed live to BP Big Screens around the UK on 4 July.

The opera will be broadcast for free to 13 screens around the country, from Aberdeen to Brighton, with a pre-screening beginning at 6.30pm. The performance will start at 7pm.

To enhance your viewing experience, access our La traviata Digital Programme for free using the promo code FREETRAVIATA, and enjoy a range of specially selected films, articles, pictures and features to bring you closer to the production.

The story

La traviata tells the story of courtesan Violetta and her doomed love affair with Alfredo, which runs counter to societal conventions in 19th century Paris.

Verdi's opera was inspired by La Dame aux camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils (son of the writer of The Three Musketeers) and this in turn was inspired by the true story of Marie Duplessis, a real-life courtesan who was the mistress of a number of high society grandees, including the composer Franz Liszt.

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The music

Verdi's score features some of all opera's best-known tunes, including brilliant choruses and ensembles such as the Act I Brindisi (drinking song) and introspective arias and intimate duets. Perhaps the highlight is the flamboyant aria ‘Sempre libera’ ('Always Free'), in which Violetta sings of why love means nothing and she relishes freedom.

Read more: What makes 'Sempre libera' a must-hear moment

The production

Richard Eyre’s classic production conveys the indulgent social whirl of 19th-century Paris. First staged in 1994, it has become one of the classic stagings in The Royal Opera's repertory. It is set in-period, with the lavish costumes and sets. The Act I party scene is among the repertory's most striking openings, plunging the audience into a high society ball.

Look closer however, and the production has dramatic sophistication too – its sets slightly exaggerated to highlight the hedonism and excess of Violetta and Alfredo's world.

Read more: How director Richard Eyre set about staging a classic

The cast

The BP Big Screen relay will star highly-rated American soprano Corinne Winters in the role of Violetta, with Atalla Ayan singing the role of Alfredo. It will be conducted by Maurizio Benini, an acclaimed performer of works by Verdi.

Add your review

After the relay, we will publish a roundup of audience tweets, so share your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHtraviata

If you're watching the performance at a BP Big Screen location, send us a selfie with the same hashtag for the chance to win a prize.

La traviata will be relayed for free to BP Big Screens around the UK on 4 July 2017. Find your nearest BP Big Screen.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from the Jean Sainsbury Royal Opera House Fund and The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Cover Awards.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

30 June 2017 at 5.14pm

This article has been categorised Opera, Screening and tagged Aberdeen, BP Big Screens, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Coventry, Hull, La traviata, London, Newcastle, Portsmouth, Swansea, York

This article has 14 comments

  1. name responded on 30 June 2017 at 7:54pm Reply

    just noticed Kasper Holten is still listed as Director in the info section of the digital programmes

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 1 July 2017 at 8:01pm

      Thanks for your comment, we'll get this changed.

      All the best,


  2. Neil responded on 30 June 2017 at 8:50pm Reply

    Will this be broadcast on Youtube as well for those who live too far away from a screen?

    • Noelia Moreno responded on 4 July 2017 at 1:05pm

      Hello Neil,

      Unfortunately La traviata will not be streamed online. However, Turandot on 14 July will be available on YouTube. Please keep an eye on, subscribe on YouTube and follow us on Facebook for our live online stream alerts.

      Best wishes,
      ROH BP Big Screens

  3. Terry Golden responded on 2 July 2017 at 12:07pm Reply

    Where 'around the UK' means six screens in London and none in Birmingham, Manchester or Liverpool.

    • Noelia Moreno responded on 4 July 2017 at 1:12pm

      Dear Terry,

      We have been in touch with sites in Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. Unfortunately none have been able to participate in this summer's BP Big Screens. We welcome any location across the UK to become a BP Big Screens venue and have thirteen screens outside of London. Hopefully more next year.

      Best wishes,
      ROH BP Big Screens

  4. Dave Beilby responded on 3 July 2017 at 5:01pm Reply

    I had won tickets for the Hull Screening @ Zebedees Yard through Transpennine Express/First Group. I have had no contact or sign of any tickets after my details and requirements had been passed on.
    Any help appreciated

    • Noelia Moreno responded on 4 July 2017 at 1:18pm

      Hello Dave,

      I have given your details to the event organisers in Hull. I hope they contact you soon.

      Best wishes,
      ROH BP Big Screens

  5. Christine Loy responded on 3 July 2017 at 5:20pm Reply

    Where in Newcastle will the relay be?

  6. John Hedge responded on 6 July 2017 at 10:01am Reply

    Is it going to be on DVD please?

    • Noelia Moreno responded on 7 July 2017 at 12:23pm

      Hello John,

      There are no plans to release this performance on DVD. However, there is a DVD available of this same production from 2009 with Renée Fleming as Violetta. More details here.

      Best wishes,
      ROH BP Big Screens

  7. John Hedge responded on 7 July 2017 at 8:31pm Reply

    That's a shame as we were at this performance.

  8. Mrs J Mallabar responded on 23 May 2018 at 9:54am Reply

    Have you considered using somewhere like Knebworth House or Hatfield House in Hertfordshire as a venue for screening productions? It would be greatly appreciated!

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