4 February 2016 at 8.24pm | 7 Comments
During the interval audiences saw several short films featuring interviews with the cast and creative team as well as footage of the opera in rehearsal.
If you missed the screening here’s a chance to watch the films:
An Introduction to La traviata:
La traviata portrays the passionate relationship between Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta.
‘This opera begins at 90 miles an hour,’ says Revival Director Dan Dooner.
'The music is simple', says Venera. 'But in this simplicity you can find very deep things.'
'Verdi focused on the love', agrees Pirgu. 'That's why the opera is so beautiful.'
Inside the the movement of La traviata:
‘Richard [Eyre] wanted to create a world of incredible parties’ says Movement director Jane Gibson.
In this film Jane explains how important movement and dance is in developing the texture and storytelling in Eyre’s production of La traviata.
In the 19th century, parties were truly theatrical occasions and performers were often plucked from stage and invited to entertain guests at lavish events. In this production, dancing is used to accentuate tensions between different elements of society – particularly when gypsy women perform at one soirée.
‘I hope it will be very alive physicality, not just wonderful singing' – Gibson enthuses, 'but something in the body that emanates into the whole house.'
Behind the music of La Traviata
Conductor Yves Abel takes us through the music of La traviata, introducing the opera’s unforgettable theme and pinpointing his favourite musical moments.
Speaking as he plays the piano, Abel explains how Verdi’s music identifies the emotions and personality of each character.
‘What’s great about Verdi’s music is his ability to humanize people', he says. 'His ability to show that they have two sides – they’re not either demons or angels, they're flawed human beings'.
An extra film is available to watch in the La traviata Digital Programme. Download yours for free using the promo code 'FREETRAV' and view a selection of images and articles that explore the production and the history behind it.
Watch more films like this on the Royal Opera House YouTube channel:
La traviata runs 16 January – 1 February 2017. Tickets are still available.