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.
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
Venue Date Curtain up Short interval Curtain down Glyndebourne 27 October 2018 4.00pm 5.15pm 6.35pm Glyndebourne 30 October 2018 4.00pm 5.15pm 6.35pm Glyndebourne 2 November 2018 7.00pm 8.15pm 9.35pm
Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre 6 November 2018 7.15pm Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre 9 November 2018 7.15pm
Norwich, Theatre Royal 13 November 2018 7.15pm Norwich, Theatre Royal 16 November 2018 7.15pm
Woking, New Victoria Theatre 20 November 2018 7.15pm Woking, New Victoria Theatre 24 November 2018 7.15pm
Milton Keynes Theatre 27 November 2018 7.15pm Milton Keynes Theatre 30 November 2018 7.15pm
Cast and 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
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)
Soledad de la Hoz
Actor Anna Marie Sullivan
*Soloist from The Glyndebourne Chorus