Verdi's La Traviata
Francesca Zambello (stage director), Brian Castles-Onion (conductor) — With Emma Matthews (Violetta), Gianluca Terranova (Alfredo), Jonathan Summers (Giorgio), Margaret Plummer (Flora) ...
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Francesca Zambello — Stage director
Brian Thomson — Set designer
Tess Schofield — Costumes
John Rayment — Lighting designer
Stephen Baynes — Choreographer
Tony David Cray — Sound Designer
Emma Matthews — Violetta
Gianluca Terranova — Alfredo
Jonathan Summers — Giorgio
Margaret Plummer — Flora
Martin Buckingham — Gastone
James Clayton — Baron Douphol
Christopher Hillier — Marquis d'Obigny
John Bolton Wood — Doctor Grenvil
Sarah Sweeting — Annina
Samuel Sakker — Giuseppe
Tom Hamilton — Messenger
The breathtaking Sydney Harbour serves as a backdrop for a rich and unique staging of an Italian opera masterpiece, inspired by a classic of French literature! Opera Australia invite you to join them for a riveting production of Verdi's La Traviata in a superb mise en scène by Francesca Zambello, which brings the fashion of 1880s Paris to meet the extravagance of metropolitan Australia in the middle of Mardi Gras festivities.
Onstage, we have the great fortune of spending time with star soprano Emma Matthews in the role of Violetta Valery, a popular courtesan who falls in love with the well-bred Alfredo Germont (a brilliant Gianluca Terranova). But Alfredo's father Giorgio, played by the excellent Jonathan Summers, has a vested interest in controlling the romantic liaisons of his son and heir, and does not approve of their entanglement... The pitch-perfect melodrama is adapted from La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas.