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About La Traviata - English National Opera
Francesco Maria Piave after Alexandre Dumas fils
9 February – 13 March | 9 performances | Running time: 1hr 50mins
La traviata remains one of Verdi’s most popular and emotionally engaging works, with a wealth of instantly recognisable melodies that have delighted audiences since its 1853 premiere.
Internationally renowned opera and theatre director Peter Konwitschny’s production was showered with praise from both critics and audiences when it launched the UK’s Verdi bicentenary celebrations at ENO in 2013. Nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production, his reading takes us on an unforgettable musical and theatrical journey. Concentrating on the narrative’s essential themes, this production, in which some music is cut and which plays without an interval, brings the essence of the drama into the sharpest
possible focus. It is an ideal production for newcomers to opera, and also provides a fresh perspective for those who already know this popular work well.
Returning to the London Coliseum for the first revival of this unique production are ENO Harewood Artist Ben Johnson as Alfredo and acclaimed baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore as Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont. ENO launches a major star with the UK debut of soprano Elizabeth Zharoff as Violetta – the one character in Konwitschny’s staging who never fails to
behave with compassion and love.