Giuseppe Verdi
La Traviata
A fallen woman, a doomed affair

17-29 May 2014

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"In one of Melbourne's most keenly anticipated opera events of the year, the wait to hear Australia's own Jessica Pratt in La Traviata has been well worth it." - Theatre People

From legendary European designer Josef Svoboda, comes a towering vision of Verdi’s famous opera, dubbed the ‘Traviata of the mirrors’. Through the extraordinary window of a giant mirror, the audience gazes into the life of the ‘fallen woman’. Violetta Valéry is a celebrated courtesan who must choose between her desire for high society and her longing for love. Australian singing revelation Jessica Pratt brings to life the tragic figure of Violetta, a role often considered the pinnacle of soprano repertoire. 


La traviata is presented by Victorian Opera in association with Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini. Image: La Traviata, Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini (Jesi, Italy) © Foto Binci.

Opening Night Performance Partner | Career Eye

 

Conductor Richard Mills

Director & Lighting Designer Henning Brockhaus

Set Designer Josef Svoboda

Costume Designer Giancarlo Colis

Set Designer for New Adaption Benito Leonori

Assistant Director & Choreographer Valentina Escobar

 

Violetta Valéry Jessica Pratt

Alfredo Germont Alessandro Scotto di Luzio

Giorgio Germont José Carbó

Flora Bervoix Dimity Shepherd

Gastone de Letorières  Carlos E. Bárcenas

Baron Douphol Nathan Lay

Marchese d’Obigny Jeremy Kleeman

Doctor Grenvil Jerzy Kozlowski

 

Victorian Opera Chorus

Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra

VENUE
Her Majesty’s Theatre
 

DATES

  • Saturday 17 May, 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 20 May, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 22 May, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 24 May, 7.30pm*
  • Tuesday 27 May, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 29 May, 7.30pm

Sung in Italian with English surtitles. 2 hours and 50 minutes with one interval. *Accessible performance.
 

TICKETS

  • Online: Click here to BOOK ONLINE >
  • Phone: 1300 795 012
  • In person: Click here to find the outlet closest to you
  • Pricing: Tickets $52.95 - $179.15 (booking fee applies). Concession and VOyage ($32.95 tickets for 30 years and under) available
  • School Bookings: School group booking of 10 (booking fee applies). School group prices only valid for Tuesday and Thursday performances. One free Adult ticket per school group. Call Ticketek on 1300 364 001. Find out more >



 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Find our more about our accessible peformances >

  • Tactile tour - Saturday 24 May, 6.20pm
  • Audio described performance - Saturday 24 May, 7.30pm

Victorian Opera's for Schools program offers an unique experience for students to experience the world of opera, enhance their musical eductation and have fun. View our Education Brochure online, download a printable version, or visit our website to find out how we can tailor an opera experience for your students >

 

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES

  • Tuesday 20 May, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 22 May, 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 27 May, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 29 May, 7.30pm
  • Pricing: $27.95 per student
  • School bookings:  School group booking of 10 (booking fee applies). School group prices only valid for Tuesday and Thursday performances. One free Adult ticket per school group. Call Ticketek on 1300 364 001.

Performed in Italian with surtitles. 2 hours and 50 minutes with one interval.

 

ONLINE LEARNING

 

SYNOPSIS

Act One The courtesan Violetta Valéry hosts a party in her Paris salon, where she is introduced to Alfredo Germont, an admirer. When they are alone, Alfredo confesses his love. At first Violetta protests but then relents and asks him to meet her the following day. After the party, Violetta feels torn between her desire for freedom and love. She chooses freedom and Alfredo can be heard singing outside.

Act Two Months later they are living in a country house near Paris. Alfredo discovers that Violetta has been selling her possessions to support their lifestyle. He immediately leaves for Paris to procure funds. Violetta receives a party invitation from her friend Flora. In Alfredo’s absence, his father Giorgio Germont visits to try to persuade Violetta to end the relationship with his son. She relents and writes Alfredo a farewell letter. Alfredo returns and Violetta declares her love before departing for Paris. She attends the party with Barone Douphol, her new lover. Alfredo arrives and challenges the Barone to a game of cards. Alfredo then accuses Violetta of betrayal. Violetta faints and Germont arrives and denounces his son’s behaviour. The Barone challenges Alfredo to a duel.

Act Three Six months have passed and Violetta is dying. Germont has written to Violetta to inform her that Alfredo was not injured in the duel, and has told Alfredo about her sacrifice for him. Alfredo, discovering the truth, rushes to her bedside. The lovers plan to leave but after a last resurgence of strength Violetta falls dead at her lover’s feet.

© Dr Sharon Lierse

VIEW THE PROGRAMME ONLINE >

     

"In one of Melbourne's most keenly anticipated opera events of the year, the wait to hear Australia's own Jessica Pratt in La Traviata has been well worth it." - Theatre People

From legendary European designer Josef Svoboda, comes a towering vision of Verdi’s famous opera, dubbed the ‘Traviata of the mirrors’. Through the extraordinary window of a giant mirror, the audience gazes into the life of the ‘fallen woman’. Violetta Valéry is a celebrated courtesan who must choose between her desire for high society and her longing for love. Australian singing revelation Jessica Pratt brings to life the tragic figure of Violetta, a role often considered the pinnacle of soprano repertoire. 


La traviata is presented by Victorian Opera in association with Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini. Image: La Traviata, Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini (Jesi, Italy) © Foto Binci.

Opening Night Performance Partner | Career Eye

 

Conductor Richard Mills

Director & Lighting Designer Henning Brockhaus

Set Designer Josef Svoboda

Costume Designer Giancarlo Colis

Set Designer for New Adaption Benito Leonori

Assistant Director & Choreographer Valentina Escobar

 

Violetta Valéry Jessica Pratt

Alfredo Germont Alessandro Scotto di Luzio

Giorgio Germont José Carbó

Flora Bervoix Dimity Shepherd

Gastone de Letorières  Carlos E. Bárcenas

Baron Douphol Nathan Lay

Marchese d’Obigny Jeremy Kleeman

Doctor Grenvil Jerzy Kozlowski

 

Victorian Opera Chorus

Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra

VENUE
Her Majesty’s Theatre
 

DATES

  • Saturday 17 May, 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 20 May, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 22 May, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 24 May, 7.30pm*
  • Tuesday 27 May, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 29 May, 7.30pm

Sung in Italian with English surtitles. 2 hours and 50 minutes with one interval. *Accessible performance.
 

TICKETS

  • Online: Click here to BOOK ONLINE >
  • Phone: 1300 795 012
  • In person: Click here to find the outlet closest to you
  • Pricing: Tickets $52.95 - $179.15 (booking fee applies). Concession and VOyage ($32.95 tickets for 30 years and under) available
  • School Bookings: School group booking of 10 (booking fee applies). School group prices only valid for Tuesday and Thursday performances. One free Adult ticket per school group. Call Ticketek on 1300 364 001. Find out more >



 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Find our more about our accessible peformances >

  • Tactile tour - Saturday 24 May, 6.20pm
  • Audio described performance - Saturday 24 May, 7.30pm

Victorian Opera's for Schools program offers an unique experience for students to experience the world of opera, enhance their musical eductation and have fun. View our Education Brochure online, download a printable version, or visit our website to find out how we can tailor an opera experience for your students >

 

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES

  • Tuesday 20 May, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 22 May, 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 27 May, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 29 May, 7.30pm
  • Pricing: $27.95 per student
  • School bookings:  School group booking of 10 (booking fee applies). School group prices only valid for Tuesday and Thursday performances. One free Adult ticket per school group. Call Ticketek on 1300 364 001.

Performed in Italian with surtitles. 2 hours and 50 minutes with one interval.

 

ONLINE LEARNING

 

SYNOPSIS

Act One The courtesan Violetta Valéry hosts a party in her Paris salon, where she is introduced to Alfredo Germont, an admirer. When they are alone, Alfredo confesses his love. At first Violetta protests but then relents and asks him to meet her the following day. After the party, Violetta feels torn between her desire for freedom and love. She chooses freedom and Alfredo can be heard singing outside.

Act Two Months later they are living in a country house near Paris. Alfredo discovers that Violetta has been selling her possessions to support their lifestyle. He immediately leaves for Paris to procure funds. Violetta receives a party invitation from her friend Flora. In Alfredo’s absence, his father Giorgio Germont visits to try to persuade Violetta to end the relationship with his son. She relents and writes Alfredo a farewell letter. Alfredo returns and Violetta declares her love before departing for Paris. She attends the party with Barone Douphol, her new lover. Alfredo arrives and challenges the Barone to a game of cards. Alfredo then accuses Violetta of betrayal. Violetta faints and Germont arrives and denounces his son’s behaviour. The Barone challenges Alfredo to a duel.

Act Three Six months have passed and Violetta is dying. Germont has written to Violetta to inform her that Alfredo was not injured in the duel, and has told Alfredo about her sacrifice for him. Alfredo, discovering the truth, rushes to her bedside. The lovers plan to leave but after a last resurgence of strength Violetta falls dead at her lover’s feet.

© Dr Sharon Lierse

VIEW THE PROGRAMME ONLINE >

     

The Wall

Programme


Immerse yourself in the world of opera with our La traviata programme! Director Henning Brockhaus shares his thoughts on the set designed by Josef Svoboda, Artistic Director and Conductor Richard Mills talks Traviata and much more!

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THE REVIEWS ARE IN!


"Jessica Pratt is without doubt a ‘prima donna assoluta’ (absolute first lady)…" - Limelight

"Alfredo Germont, was beautifully portrayed by tenor Alessandro Scotto di Luzio." - The Australian

"José Carbó is the heart and soul of this production as Alfredo’s father Giorgio." - Stage Whispers

READ MORE >


 

Photo album


View the La traviata photo album online >

 

How to put up a giant mirror in one minute...


Watch our timelapse video as we bring the La traviata set to life in Her Majesty's Theatre. Watch on YouTube >

Introducing Alfredo


Our handsome (and incredibly talented!) tenor Alessandro Scotto di Luzio on the set. Alessandro is performing the role of Alfredo Germont, Violetta's lover. 

 

Introducing Violetta


Jessica Pratt is performing the role of Violetta Valéry. Jessica shares her thoughts on why performing Violetta is considered the pinnacle of a soprano's repertoire. "It's extremely complicated for the soprano requiring many diverse colours and emotions and of course the famous three different voices required to sing it. In the first act you need to have the brilliance and flexibility of a lyric coloratura then a full lyric is required for the duet with Germont and in the last act the score really calls for a dramatic soprano."

 

In the press


"One of Australia's best opera singers is finally making her debut home..." - Herald Sun

 

In the press


"Feted in Europe, Australian soprano Jessica Pratt is set to make her Melbourne debut." - The Australian

 

When Richard Met Jessica


Richard Mills recently caught up with Australian soprano Jessica Pratt following her triumph in Lucia di Lammermoor at Milans’ famous La Scala theatre. Read the blog here >

 

The sites of Jesi


Master of Music (Opera Performance) student Nathan Lay studied in the home of Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini earlier this year. See photos from his trip and read his journey here >

La Traviata comes to life!


Architect & the Artist


“Scenery is not an end in itself, but a logical component of the complementary arts of the stage. The scenic artist collaborates on equal terms with the author and the director” - Josef Svoboda. Read the article in The New York Times >

 

Behind-the-scenes


Buddy - resident opera dog and assistant to the Artistic Director - is treated to a story by Jessica Pratt in a rehearsal break... the book of choice? “Un Palcoscenica per due” by Mauro Neri, an Italian children’s story about the adventures of Jessica’s own opera dog, Fede! Jessica also shares Fede's story with Limelight. Read the article >