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Watch: Rolando Villazón and Saimir Pirgu on La traviata

The tenors discuss the role of Alfredo, and the power and beauty of Verdi's iconic opera.

By Ottilie Thornhill (Winner of the Kings Cultural Challenge)

23 October 2015 at 12.11pm | Comment on this article

Tenors Saimir Pirgu and Rolando Villazón, who will both perform the role of Alfredo in the upcoming run of Verdi's La traviata, recently spoke about the power of the opera.

The upcoming revival will be the first time Rolando has sung the role with The Royal Opera, having previously performed it at the Berlin State Opera:

'Alfredo is a very interesting character dramatically speaking because he actually evolves a lot - from this loving puppy to this horrendous person, it's quite a journey that has to be clearly and subtly constructed', says Rolando of a character who is eventually redeemed at the opera's climax.

In 2016, Samir makes a return to the role at Covent Garden. The Albanian tenor highlights why La traviata appeals to new audiences and opera aficionados alike:

'When I'm singing, it's very difficult not to cry', says Saimir. 'Traviata is so loved by the public because Verdi wrote such beautiful music'.

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Il trovatore runs 1 December 2016-8 February 2017.
Tickets go on sale to Friends of Covent Garden on 21 September 2016. General booking opens on 18 October 2016.

By Ottilie Thornhill (Winner of the Kings Cultural Challenge)

23 October 2015 at 12.11pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Alfredo Germont, by Richard Eyre, Film, interview, La traviata, Production, rolando villazon, Saimir Pirgu, tenor, YouTube

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