‘This is an excellent starter Traviata, handsomely done and surging with passion’

The Times

'...those in search of bright young things with obvious star potential will not be disappointed here. ...It's a terrific start to the Tour.'

Daily Mail
  • Details

    Stoke-on-Trent, Regent Theatre

    Book Now Tuesday 9 December 2014

    Book Now Wednesday 10 December 2014

    A new production from the 2014 Festival

    La traviata, the fallen woman. Does that phrase still have relevance today?

    For Verdi it was a subject of intense personal significance. He and the singer Giuseppina Strepponi lived together for ten years before they married, enduring the objections of those who viewed her as a woman of no worth or moral standing.

    Violetta, the fallen woman of the title, is a vividly real, flesh-and-blood creation. She suffers from the consumption which will inevitably kill her but which, in the view of the time, brought with it a feverish intensity and heightened erotic impulse. Life, for her, is to be grasped with both hands and lived to the full.

    The character is based on Marie Duplessis, mistress of Alexandre Dumas fils , who fictionalised her in his novel La Dame aux camélias . When another writer, Marcel Proust, saw La traviata , he wrote: “It’s a work which goes straight to my heart. Verdi has given it the style it lacked … for a dramatic work to touch popular sentiment the addition of music is essential.”

    That music was written by Verdi at the peak of his powers. It is lyrical, heartbreaking and unforgettable, appealing directly to the emotions and resulting in an opera that invents itself anew for every generation.

    Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

    The performance lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one interval of 20 minutes.

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative Team

    Conductor David Afkham / Jeremy Bines (5, 8 Nov; 9, 10 Dec)
    Director Tom Cairns
    Designer Hildegard Bechtler
    Revival Choreographer Daisy May Kemp
    Lighting Designer Peter Mumford

    Cast includes

    Violetta Valéry Irina Dubrovskaya /
    Natasha Jouhl (29 Oct; 1 Nov; 5, 9 Dec)
    Alfredo Germont Zach Borichevsky /
    Emanuele D’Aguanno (22, 29 Oct; 1 Nov; 5 Dec)
    Giorgio Germont Roman Burdenko /
    Evez Abdulla (29 Oct; all performances in Nov; 9, 10 Dec)
    Marchese D’Obigny Benjamin Cahn
    Baron Douphol Eddie Wade
    Flora Bervoix Lauren Easton

    The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra
    The Glyndebourne Chorus