Set in the salons of Paris in the mid-19th century, La Traviata is a tragic love story that inspired pop culture classics such as Moulin Rouge and Pretty Woman. The good news is, Elijah Moshinsky’s much-loved production is due to return to the Sydney Opera House on 22 October 2022 until 4 November, for six performances only.
Recognised as one of the world’s leading opera singers, soprano Irina Lungu will perform the lead role of Violetta Valéry. Irina is no stranger to this part, having sung the role across Europe, the UK and Tokyo. She received rave reviews in 2019 at the Vienna State Opera.
Soul University-trained Korean tenor, Ji-Min Park performs as Alfredo Germont and experienced OA principal baritone, Luke Gabbedy will make his role debut as Giorgio Germont.
Opera Australia’s esteemed Head of Music Tahu Matheson will conduct the October season of La Traviata, leading Opera Australia’s Chorus and Orchestra through Verdi’s sumptuous melodies.
Verdi’s famous score includes the show-stopping aria ‘Sempre libera’ and the instantly recognisable drinking song, ‘Brindisi’. Combined with lavish sets and costumes, this production is ideal for audiences to experience opera for the first time, or for fans to revisit a favourite with a superb cast.
La Traviata in a nutshell
Beautiful and carefree, the courtesan Violetta Valéry is the life of every party. But behind that dazzling smile, she knows that she is dying. Unaware of her troubles, the shy Alfredo Germont is in love. Violetta is torn: is the promise of true love worth giving up her life of freedom?
She takes a chance on a life with Alfredo living in the country, and it seems she could be happy. But Alfredo’s father has other ideas. He demands the impossible: Violetta leave Alfredo, for the sake of his family’s reputation.
Devastated, Violetta agrees and writes Alfredo a letter of farewell, concealing her love. Alfredo is heartbroken and furious, and coming face to face with her at a ball, he delivers the ultimate insult.
Will Alfredo learn of Violetta’s undying love before she succumbs to her illness? The only way you’ll find out is to book yourself a ticket to Opera Australia’s magnificent upcoming production in October.
When: 22 October to 4 November 2022
Where: Sydney Opera House
Tickets from $79. Find out more here.