• Details

    A tale of two young lovers separated by the cruelty of society and fate, La traviata is one of opera’s most powerful and enduring romances.

    When Alfredo, an innocent young man from the country, meets charismatic Parisian courtesan Violetta, he falls deeply and immediately in love. But can Violetta ever escape her dark past and find a new beginning with him? And will his family ever consent to their relationship?

    The only Verdi opera set in the composer’s own day, La traviata still feels startlingly contemporary – a truthful, unblinking exploration of love and desire and the many contradictions and complications of human emotion. Tom Cairns’ timeless production combines sumptuous visuals with heart-breaking dramatic realism to create a true contemporary classic.

    Set to some of opera’s most memorable tunes, from rousing drinking songs to passionate love-duets, Verdi’s score amplifies a familiar story, transforming it into something profoundly moving, whether you’re seeing it for the first or the fiftieth time.

    Pre-performance talk

    There will be a pre-performance talk for La traviata that is free to attend and will last 30 minutes. The talk will end 30 minutes before the start of the performance.

    Dates and times

    Friday 2 November, 6.00pm

    Speaker: Dr Valeria De Lucca, Associate Professor of Music, University of Southampton

    How to book

    Places for our pre-performance talks are limited. Bookings can be made online when booking the related performance or by telephone +44 (0)1273 815 000.

  • Dates and times


    VenueDateCurtain upShort intervalCurtain down
    Glyndebourne 27 October 20184.00pm5.15pm6.35pm
    Glyndebourne 30 October 20184.00pm5.15pm6.35pm
    Glyndebourne 2 November 20187.00pm8.15pm 9.35pm


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    Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre 6 November 20187.15pm
    Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre 9 November 20187.15pm


    Norwich, Theatre Royal 13 November 2018 7.15pm
    Norwich, Theatre Royal 16 November 2018 7.15pm


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    Woking, New Victoria Theatre 20 November 2018 7.15pm
    Woking, New Victoria Theatre 24 November 2018 7.15pm

    Milton Keynes

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    Milton Keynes Theatre 27 November 20187.15pm
    Milton Keynes Theatre 30 November 2018 7.15pm
  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor Christoph Altstaedt

    Director Tom Cairns

    Revival Director James Hurley

    Set & Costume Designer Hildegard Bechtler

    Choreographer Aletta Collins

    Choregraphy revived by Emily Piercy

    Lighting Designer Peter Mumford

    Lighting revived by Keith Benson

    Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra Leader Richard Milone

    The Glyndebourne Chorus Acting Chorus Master Matthew Fletcher

    Assistant Conductor Ben Glassberg

    Music Preparation
    Matthew Fletcher
    Kate Golla
    Edward Reeve
    Ingrid Surgenor

    Language Coach Barbara Diana

    Supertitles Patrick Young

    Assistant Director Laura Attridge

    Cast in order of appearance

    Violetta Valéry Mané Galoyan

    Flora Bervoix Emma Kerr*

    Marchese D’Obigny John Mackenzie-Lavansch*

    Baron Douphol Nicholas Folwell

    Doctor Grenvil Donald Thomson / Joseph Padfield* (24 Nov)

    Gastone Nico Darmanin

    Alfredo Germont Emanuele D’Aguanno (12–21 October) / Luis Gomes (24 October–30 November)

    Annina Claire Barnett-Jones

    Giuseppe Daniel Mullaney*

    Giorgio Germont Noel Bouley

    Messenger Romanas Kudriašovas*

    Flora’s Servant Joseph Padfield* / Jerome Knox* (24 Nov)

    Jessica Barlow
    Soledad de la Hoz
    Bianca Hopkins
    Sarah O’Connell
    Sarah Ward

    Actor Anna Marie Sullivan

    *Soloist from The Glyndebourne Chorus