WELSH NATIONAL OPERA PRESENTS
Myrto Papatanasiu (Violetta)-Eddie Wade (Baron-Douphol)-Alfie Boe (Alfredo)— Photo Credit: Bill Cooper
Giorgio Germont has made a terrible mistake. Germont has realised that Violetta, the fallen woman he drove away from his son, Alfredo, was the best thing that will ever happen to his inexperienced boy. His realisation comes late in the day as Violetta’s health is getting worse. Can Germont repair the damage before it’s too late? La traviata is an attack on hypocrisy. It is also a life-affirming celebration of the fact that essential human qualities like compassion, love and self-sacrifice do exist. Most of all, La traviata is a supreme tear-jerker. David McVicar’s masterful production makes sure that few leave the theatre with dry eyes.
Birmingham Hippodrome 4 Mar-8 Mar
Milton Keynes Theatre 11 Mar-15 Mar
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 18 Mar-22 Mar
Theatre Royal, Plymouth 25 Mar-29 Mar
Venue Cymru, Llandudno 1 Apr-5 Apr
The Bristol Hippodrome 12 Apr – See more at: http://www.wno.org.uk/traviata#sthash.IIUlV8uL.dpuf
Free New to opera talks Tuesday 11 February – Saturday 5 April New to opera? La traviata is the perfect place to start. Join us for a special introduction to opera before selected performances of La traviata.
The Whole Story Thursday 6 February – Wednesday 19 March The Whole Story is the perfect introduction to the Fallen Women season. Before the performances begin, our team of experts will guide you through the music, stories and background to each opera.
Literary inspirations Friday 28 February A special hour long talk looking at how the season’s operas draw on classics by Dumas and and Prévost.
David Pountney in Conversation Friday 7 February David Pountney and a key figure from the arts explore the Fallen Women theme.
Myrto Papatanasiu (Violetta)— Photo Credit: Bill Cooper
Act One | Paris Violetta, a courtesan under the protection of Baron Douphol, is giving a party. She is introduced to Alfredo Germont, a young man of solid Provençal family who confesses to being already in love with her. As she leads her guests off to dance, Violetta is overcome by a coughing fit. Her frivolous friends are unconcerned, Alfredo is not. He again protests his love but she discourages him. Left alone when her guests finally depart, Violetta finds herself unexpectedly touched by the young man’s passionate declaration. Despite this she convinces herself that her only choice is to continue to pursue a life of hectic pleasure.
Act Two Scene One | A country house near Paris, three months later Violetta has given in to her feelings and she and Alfredo are now living together in the country, where her health has improved. When he accidentally discovers from her maid, Annina, that Violetta has been selling her possessions in order to pay their bills, Alfredo is overcome with shame and leaves for Paris in order to raise the necessary money. Violetta is surprised by an unheralded visit from Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s father. Having assumed that his son has been squandering his inheritance on Violetta, he is shocked to discover that she has been paying for everything. He begs her to break away from his son as their relationship is threatening his daughter’s prospects of marriage into a respectable family. Germont persuades Violetta that she must make the sacrifice in order to protect the future happiness of both his son and daughter. A distraught Violetta finally agrees and sends word to Baron Douphol, signalling her return to Paris. When Germont leaves she writes a farewell note to Alfredo, to be given to him when she has gone. When Alfredo reads the note he rejects his father’s attempts to console him and rushes back to Paris, determined to avenge himself for what he believes to be Violetta’s betrayal.
Scene Two | Flora’s house in Paris, the same night Another party is under way. Alfredo arrives alone, expecting to find Violetta back in her old circle. His fears are realized when she appears, on the arm of Baron Douphol. The two men play at cards and Alfredo wins a large amount of money. Desperate to prevent them fighting, Violetta tries to persuade Alfredo to leave the party. He refuses and forces her to say that she loves the Baron. In a fury, Alfredo calls all the guests to witness the repayment of his debts and flings his winnings in Violetta’s face. She collapses. Germont witnesses his son’s outburst and reproaches him for his cruel behaviour.
Act Three | Violetta’s sickroom, a few months later Violetta is dying, friendless and in penury, with only Annina for company. She reads a letter from Germont telling her that he has told Alfredo the truth and that they are both coming to beg her forgiveness. The two lovers are reunited and plan feverishly for a happier future, but it is too late. Violetta dies in Alfredo’s arms.
Dario Solari (Giorgio Germont)-Myrto Papatanasiu (Violetta)— Photo Credit:Bill Cooper
Creative team includes:
Conductor Simon Phillippo
Director David McVicar
Revival Director Sarah Crisp
Designer Tanya McCallin
Lighting Designer Jennifer Tipton
Choreographer Andrew George
Lighting realised on tour by Benjamin Naylor
Revival Choreographer Colm Seery
Dance Captain Joanna Jeffries
Chorus Master Stephen Harris
Musical Preparation Russell Moreton
Staff Director Katherine Wilde
Language Coach Matteo Dalle Fratte
Stage Manager Suzie Erith
Production Manager Robert Pagett
Violetta Valéry Linda Richardson
Flora Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (ex. 11 March), Amanda Baldwin (11 March)
Marquis d’Obigny Philip Lloyd-Evans
Baron Douphol Jack O’Kelly
Gaston Howard Kirk
Alfredo Germont Peter Sonn (until 1 March), Ji-Min Park (4, 8, 11 March), Leonardo Capalbo (from 15 March)
Annina Sian Meinir
Giuseppe Michael Clifton-Thompson
Giorgio Germont Alan Opie
Doctor Grenvil Martin Lloyd
Messenger George Newton-Fitzgerald
Flora’s Servant Laurence Cole
Dancers Esther Fuge, Joanna Jeffries, Sophia McGregor, Jenna Sloan, Gordon Brandie, Nicholas Keegan, Ashley James Orwin
Cast—Phot Credit:Bill Cooper
All performances start at 7.15pm (except 16 February at 4pm)
Running time approximately 2 hours 40 minutes including two intervals
Sung in Italian with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)
Co-production with Scottish Opera and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona
Under 30s can get tickets for under £5 please talk to your local box office for further details
- The falling of women – Germaine Greer.pdf | 1241K Germaine Greer introduces Welsh National Opera’s Fallen Women season