29 January 2016 at 2.23pm | 21 Comments
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The cinema relay will be presented by writer and actor Simon Callow.
The Story and Background
La traviata is based on Alexandre Dumas, fils’ play La Dame aux camellias, which in turn drew on the life of Parisian Courtesan and literary muse Marie Duplessis, who would leave red and white camellias in her window to indicate her availability to clients. Her affair with Dumas and tragic death of consumption at the age of twenty-three both fueled the inspiration the writer’s heroine, Marguerite Gautier.
Verdi worked with librettist Francesco Maria Piave and composed the three act opera in 1853. Initially hampered by an antiquated setting of 1700 and allegations of immorality due to the plot, it took more than thirty years for Verdi’s desire of a realistic setting to be fulfilled. La traviata is now one of the composer’s best loved works.
The highs and lows of human passion and emotion are present throughout La traviata. Violetta’s Act I aria ‘Ah fors’è lui’ strips back the coquettish professional flurries of the courtesan to reveal a young woman in love for the first time. It is matched in joy by the ecstatic ‘Sempre libera’ whilst later Giorgio Germont’s attempts to separate the lovers, ‘Pura siccome un angelo’, is made all the more poignant by Violetta’s self-sacrificing consent and unconditional love in ‘Amani Alfredo’.
The cinema relay will see Russian sporano Venera Gimadieva sing the role of Violetta alongside Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu as Alfredo Germont. Alfredo's father Giorgio will be sung by Luca Salsi. Both Venera and Luca make their Royal Opera debuts during the current run.
After the relay on 4 February, we will publish a roundup of the audience tweets, so share your thoughts using the hashtag #ROHtraviata.
La traviata runs 16 January – 1 February 2017. Tickets are still available.
The production is staged with generous support from Coutts.