Angel Blue as Violetta Valéry in La traviata, The Royal Opera © 2019 ROH. Photographed by Catherine Ashmore

La traviata

27 October 202118 April 2022
The performance lasts about 3 hours 20 minutes, including two intervals.
Main Stage
Opera and music

Five sopranos take the role of Violetta this Season in two runs of Richard Eyre’s time-honoured production of Verdi’s La traviata. Verdi’s beautiful score contains some of his most inspired arias and duets, including Violetta’s joyous ‘Sempre libera’, and her poignant and passionate encounters with Alfredo and Germont. The superficial glamour of 19th-century Paris contrasts with scenes of great intimacy, culminating in the memorable, heart-breaking final act.

The Royal Opera welcomes Lisette Oropesa and Anush Hovhannisyan in the Autumn and Pretty Yende, Angel Blue and Hrachuhí Bassénz in the Spring to sing the favourite role of star sopranos in the most performed opera in the world.

Language
Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing, Sir Mick and Lady Barbara Davis and Peter and Elisabetta Mallinson

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Synopsis

Alfredo Germont and the courtesan Violetta Valéry fall in love at a party in Violetta's Paris salon. Alfredo is determined to cure Violetta of her tuberculosis, and the couple leave Paris and begin a contented life in the country. But Violetta's happiness is destroyed when Alfredo's father Giorgio Germont pays her a visit.

Violetta’s scandalous relationship with Alfredo is jeopardizing Giorgio Germont’s daughter’s engagement, and Germont persuades Violetta to leave his son. Heartbroken, Violetta promises not to tell Alfredo why. Alfredo is stunned when Violetta disappears, and decides she must have left him from self-interest. He confronts her at a Paris party and leaves her. Only when Violetta is dying does he learn the truth.

Cast

Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.

Creatives

CompanyThe Royal Opera

MusicGiuseppe Verdi

LibrettoFrancesco Maria Piave

DirectorRichard Eyre

DesignerBob Crowley

Lighting designerJean Kalman

Director of movementJane Gibson

Accessibility

There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.

If you have concerns about how our Covid-19 safety measures may affect your access requirements, please contact BoxOffice.Access@roh.org.uk.

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