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Opera in three acts (1853)
After the extraordinary success of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (presented this past March in Australia) comes a new opera-film collaboration between Opera di Roma and Rai Cultura.
Conceived by Maestro Daniele Gatti and director Mario Martone, it’s a sumptuous new take on Verdi’s masterpiece, based on a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, with costumes by Anna Biagiotti and cinematography by Pasquale Mari. “Without the audience in the theatre we continue to experiment with new theatrical forms” - Teatro dell’Opera di Roma superintendent, Carlo Fuortes.
Fast-rising soprano Lisette Oropesa stars as Violetta Valéry, a courtesan who lives for pleasure. When she meets Alfredo (Saimir Pirgu) it’s true love, but their happiness is cut short at this insistence of his father, Germant (Roberto Frontali). Verdi's sublime score contains some of his most inspired arias and duets, including Violetta's introspective 'Ah fors'è lui' and hedonistic 'Sempre libera', Violetta and Germont's poignant Act II encounter and Alfredo and Violetta's 'Parigi, o cara', in which they dream of a happy future.
The production was broadcast to a prime-time television audience in Italy in April 2021, setting a new Opera Roma record with 967,000 viewers tuning in for the premiere.
Brisbane patrons please note: Screening 1pm Wed 11 Aug only. Sat & Sun screening times will be added to the programme soon (dates TBC). Sydney patrons please note: All screenings of LA TRAVIATA have been postponed and will be rescheduled soon (dates TBC). (updated: 9/8/21)
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Saturday 7th August
Lisette Oropesa, Roberto Frontali, Anastaisa Bolyreva, Angela Schisano, Saimir Pirgu, Rodrigo Ortiz, Roberto Accurso
Palace Opera & Ballet
Italian, with English subtitles
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