31 Beal 2014 Grange Park Opera, Hampshire

BBC Concert Orchestra at Grange Park Opera La Traviata La Traviata

La Traviata


17:20 Dé Sathairn 31 Beal 2014 The GrangeGrange Park Opera, Hampshire

  • Giuseppe Verdi 1813–1901
  • La traviata
  • BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Gianluca Marciano conductor
  • Lindsay Posner director
  • Richard Hudson designer
  • Claire Rutter Violetta Valery
  • Marco Panuccio Alfredo Germont
  • Damiano Salerno Giorgio Germont
  • Olivia Ray Flora Bervoix
  • Alberto Sousa Gaston
  • Timothy Dawkins Baron Douphol
  • Matthew Stiff Doctor Grenvil



Violetta’s house in Paris

Violetta, a courtesan under the protection of Baron Douphol, is entertaining guests, among them Alfredo Germont, who has been in love with her for some time. Although she is a very ill woman, Violetta insists upon leading a hectic social life. As she leads her guests off to dance, she is seized by a coughing fit and has to withdraw. Alfredo joins her and professes his love. Violetta gently discourages his affection; playfully giving him a camellia flower, she tells him to return when it has faded. After the party has broken up, Violetta wonders if Alfredo is her true love. She soon shrugs off such sentimentality, believing that abandoning herself to the hollow pleasures of her life is her only option.


A country house near Paris, three months later

Violetta and Alfredo are now living together. When he learns from her maid Annina that Violetta has sold her possessions to pay their debts, Alfredo leaves for Paris to raise the necessary money. In his absence, Violetta receives an unexpected call from his father. Germont orders her to end the relationship; otherwise his daughter’s marriage into a respectable family will be threatened. Violetta tells him that it will kill her, but she finally agrees. When Germont withdraws, she writes a farewell note to Alfredo. Alfredo interrupts her, and she bids him farewell and rushes away. After she has gone, a servant gives him her note. Alfredo is devastated. Germont enters and attempts to console his son, but Alfredo assumes that Violetta has deserted him to return to her old friends, and he rushes off to Paris.


Flora’s house in Paris, the same night

A party is in progress. Alfredo appears alone, and then Violetta enters escorted by Baron Douphol. The two men play cards and Alfredo wins. Violetta sees Alfredo alone and begs him to avoid a duel. In response to his accusations, she falsely declares she loves the Baron. In a fury, Alfredo summons the guests to witness the repayment of his debts and flings his winnings at her feet. The Baron challenges him. Germont enters in time to witness his son’s outburst and reproaches him.


Violetta’s bedroom, a few months later

The doctor tells Annina that her mistress is dying. Violetta reads a letter from Germont telling her that Alfredo, who fled abroad after duelling with the Baron, now knows of her sacrifice and is returning to ask her forgiveness. The lovers are reunited, and Germont arrives to give his blessing. But it is too late, and Violetta dies in Alfredo’s arms.

What will the show look like?
This will be a sumptuous production with designs from Richard Hudson. It will look like... La Traviata.

Sung in Italian with surtitles

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