La traviata

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OperaUpClose in association with the Belgrade Theatre

New orchestration for piano, clarinet and cello by Harry Blake.
New English version by Robin Norton-Hale.


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Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose present their new version of Verdi's La Traviata.

The story of Violetta, a so-called ‘fallen woman’ who sacrifices her own happiness for the sake of her lover’s family and future, La Traviata has been thrilling audiences for generations.

Set in Atlantic City, USA, in the 1920s prohibition era of speakeasies and bootlegging, with Violetta’s lover Alfredo a passionate young man whose optimism has been shaken by time at the front in the first world war, Violetta’s protector ‘the Baron’ a gang boss, and Alfredo’s father a crooked politician, this new production reveals the hypocrisy and heartache behind the glittering façade of parties.

Preshow talk
Join OperaUpclose for the perfect introduction to Verdi's masterpiece, La traviata.
Thursday 9 March, 6pm - 7pm. Free to show ticket holders.


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OperaUpClose's mission is to make opera more democratic, and to show just what an exciting, theatrical, accessible art form it can be.

The company was founded in 2009 and has since developed a reputation for intimate, surprising stagings, which demand detailed, truthful acting from the singers without compromising on musical standards, with razor-sharp new English translations and inventive orchestrations.

In 2011 the company won the Olivier Award for Best Opera and the What’sOnStage Award for Best Off West End show. In 2014 they made their debut at the Ravenna Festival in Italy and won The OffWestEnd Award for Best Opera.

Image credits: Christopher Tribble & Andreas Grieger 

"As much emotional truth as in any production I have seen"
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ Bachtrack
"Arresting tenderness"
★★★★ Fringe Opera


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