Giuseppe Verdi

La traviata

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17 July - 23 August 2014
Festival 2014

‘For Venice I’m doing La dame aux camélias, which will probably be called La traviata. A subject for our own age,’ wrote Giuseppe Verdi in January 1853. A year earlier, he had been in Paris for the premiere run of Alexandre Dumas fils’ play, a fictionalised fantasia on the author’s turbulent affair with the Parisian courtesan Marie Duplessis, who had died of tuberculosis, aged 23.

During the 1850s, Verdi found himself increasingly drawn to stories of complex, ambiguous outsiders who challenge the limits of society. La traviata continues a series of intimate, personal ‘domestic’ operas by Verdi, including Luisa Miller, Stiffelio and Rigoletto.

In La traviata, we hear Verdi’s music naturally evolving to accommodate the growing realism of his characters and settings. While remaining true to his bel canto roots, Verdi creates music which bends, stretches and grows with Violetta, a heroine of unprecedented depth and dimension who runs the gamut from glittering coloratura to melting lyricism to dramatic declamation. In their Glyndebourne debut, Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva portrays this iconic role, opposite American tenor Michael Fabiano as Alfredo.

The late Verdi scholar Julian Budden described La traviata as, ‘essentially a myth, none the less universal for being modern … and having had its roots in personal experience.’ For this new production, director Tom Cairns returns to create a world that melds the archetypal and the modern, and the great Verdian Sir Mark Elder conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

A new production for the 2014 Festival
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

La Traviata (recorded at the 1987 Festival) is available on DVD in the Glyndebourne shop

Supported by Handel and Yvonne Evans

Dates & Times - La traviata

Date Start Time Interval Finish Time Ticket Price Ranges
Thursday 17 July 2014 5:50pm 7:15 - 8:45pm 9:40pm
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Sunday 20 July 2014 4:35pm 6:00 - 7:30pm 8:25pm
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Thursday 24 July 2014 5:50pm 7:15 - 8:45pm 9:40pm
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Sunday 27 July 2014 4:35pm 6:00 - 7:30pm 8:25pm
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Wednesday 30 July 2014 5:50pm 7:15 - 8:45pm 9:40pm
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Saturday 2 August 2014 5:50pm 7:15 - 8:45pm 9:40pm
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Tuesday 5 August 2014 5:50pm 7:15 - 8:45pm 9:40pm
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Friday 8 August 2014 5:50pm 7:15 - 8:45pm 9:40pm
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Sunday 10 August 2014 4:35pm 6:00 - 7:30pm 8:25pm
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Wednesday 13 August 2014 5:50pm 7:15 - 8:45pm 9:40pm £215.00 Book Now
Saturday 16 August 2014 5:50pm 7:15 - 8:45pm 9:40pm
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Wednesday 20 August 2014 5:50pm 7:15 - 8:45pm 9:40pm
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Saturday 23 August 2014 5:50pm 7:15 - 8:45pm 9:40pm
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La traviata will be broadcast LIVE 10 August 2014 at 5.30pm.
Find your nearest venue listed below.

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Clwyd Clwyd Theatr

Sat 12 Jul 7:00pm
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Derby QUAD

Sun 10 Aug 5:30pm
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Hexham The Forum

Sun 10 Aug 5:30pm
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Lincoln The Venue

Sun 10 Aug 5:30pm
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London Barbican

Sun 10 Aug 5:30pm
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Maidenhead Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

Sun 10 Aug 5:30pm
Tue 12 Aug 5:30pm
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Ripon Curzon Ripon

Sun 10 Aug 5:30pm
Main Content: 

La traviata with be broadcast LIVE 10 August 2014 at 5.30pm in collaboration with The Telegraph newspaper.

 

Act I

At a party she is hosting, the courtesan Violetta Valéry is introduced to young Alfredo Germont. Violetta suddenly feels ill but assures her guests that she is fine. Alfredo, left alone with Violetta, confesses that he has loved her from afar for a year. She initially dismisses him, but is touched by his sincerity. After Alfredo and the other party guests leave, Violetta reflects on her feelings for him and on what life would be like if she accepted his love. But she cuts short her fantasy and rededicates herself to the pursuit of pleasure. 

Act II, Scene 1

For three months, Violetta and Alfredo have been living together in the country. Alfredo learns that Violetta has been selling her possessions in order to pay their expenses, so he leaves for Paris to make other financial arrangements. Germont, Alfredo’s father, unexpectedly visits, demanding that Violetta leave Alfredo so that his sister’s impending marriage will not be threatened by scandal. Violetta first objects but finally, in spite of her love for Alfredo, promises to renounce him forever. She writes Alfredo a letter ending their relationship, but before she can depart, Alfredo returns and is confused by her agitated state. After Violetta leaves, he reads her letter. Germont returns and tries to comfort his son, but Alfredo decides to confront Violetta.

Act II, Scene 2

At a soiree given by Violetta’s friend Flora Bervoix, the guests are surprised by Alfredo’s arrival. Violetta soon appears with Baron Douphol, her new lover. Alfredo gambles with the gentlemen, pretending not to notice Violetta, who is alarmed by his belligerent behaviour. Fearing for his safety, Violetta begs Alfredo to leave, but he demands that she leave with him. When Violetta refuses, Alfredo summons the other guests and publicly humiliates Violetta. Germont arrives and denounces his son’s behaviour. The Baron challenges Alfredo to a duel.

Act III

Violetta is now gravely ill, and Dr Grenvil confides to Annina, her servant, that Violetta will not live much longer. Violetta rereads a letter from Germont informing her that Alfredo fled after wounding the Baron in the duel, but that he now knows of her sacrifice and is hurrying to her side. Alfredo arrives, begging Violetta’s forgiveness. The lovers dream of resuming their life together, but fate intervenes. 

Creative team

Conductors Mark Elder / David Afkham (13, 16, 20 and 23 August)
Director Tom Cairns
Designer Hildegard Bechtler
Choreographer Aletta Collins
Lighting Designer Peter Mumford

Cast includes

Violetta Valéry Venera Gimadieva
Alfredo Germont Michael Fabiano
Giorgio Germont Tassis Christoyannis
Gastone de Letorières Emanuele D’Aguanno
Doctor Grenvil Graeme Broadbent

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

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