02 February 2017 (Thu), 19:00 World famous Bolshoi Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1776) - Marvellous Main (Historic) Stage - Stars of the Stars Opera Giuseppe Verdi "Traviata" (Opera in two acts) Tickets available only at OperaAndBallet.com
Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (till 21:40)
The performance has 1 intermission
Schedule for Giuseppe Verdi "Traviata" (Opera in two acts) 2017
Conductor: Tugan Sokhiev
Mezzo-soprano: Irina Dolzhenko
Soprano: Irina Rubtsova
Soprano: Khibla Gerzmava
Bass: Vyacheslav Pochapsky
Tenor: Vadim Tikhonov
Baritone: Elchin Azizov
Soprano: Dinara Alieva
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Choirmaster producer: Valery Borisov
Choreography: Ekaterina Mironova
Stage Director: Francesca Zambello
Conductor: Laurent Campellone
Music Director: Loran Campellone
Director: Julia Pevzner
Opera company: Bolshoi Opera
Orchestra: Bolshoi Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Opera in 2 act
Performed in Italian with synchronised Russian supertitles
Premiere of this production: 7 October 2012, Bolshoi theatre, Moscow, Russia
The most lyrical Verdi’s work is La traviata, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils The Lady of the Camellias. The title La traviata means literally The Fallen Woman, or perhaps more figuratively, The Woman Who Goes Astray.
The title character of the play is Marguerite Gautier, who is based on Marie Duplessis, the real-life lover of author Dumas, fils. Duplessis was both a popular courtesan and the hostess of a salon, where politicians, writers, and artists gathered for socializing. Alexandre Dumas, pere allegedly insisted on his son splitting up with Duplessis: and when he returned to Paris, she had already died of consumption.
Since its debut as a play, numerous editions have been performed at theatres around the world. Giuseppe Verdi attended the Paris premiere of the play and soon turned to composing the opera. When Dumas, fils heard La traviata, he said: “Nobody would have remembered my Lady of the Camellias in 50 years but for Verdi, who made it immortal”.
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave based on the novel La dame aux Camelias by Alexandre Dumas, fils
First performance: Teatro la Fenice, Venice, March 6, 1853. Traviata means literally The Woman Who Strayed.
The project is run by an international team, a world renowned Francesca Zambello is the director. It is already the third production for her at the Bolshoi Theater. (In 2002 she staged Turandot by G. Puccini, and in 2004 — for the first time at the Bolshoi — The Fiery Angel by S. Prokofiev).
“La Traviata — surely is one of the greatest operas ever written, and one of the most important works from the so-called” middle period “in the works of Verdi. For the first time ever the composer based his opera on a modern, popular, book which shocked the society, and not a myth, or, say, a play by Shakespeare. It was a real revolution, a real shock to the public: the opera, which tells about real people, living in the present, with real problems, the opera telling the story about love between an experienced woman and a very young man who, in addition, came from different social strata, about an incurable disease. And, please, note that La Traviata does not belong to those works where love overcomes all obstacles.
Today we no longer think about it. La Traviata is not perceived by us as a revolutionary product, but it seems to me that even now it is still very important to find in the characters that force and ‘intensity’ of emotions that shocked people.
For me and for all the staging team it is a huge honor to work on La Traviata at the Bolshoi Theatre. This opera has not been on a stage for rather a long time. And for us it is a chance to tell a story which seems to be well-known to everybody, but which nobody really knows. In this performance we will at the story via the perception of Violetta herself — a mysterious and beautiful woman, whom everyone loved and idealized, but — no one knew”.
Venera Gimadieva, the soloist of the Bolshoi, Albina Shagimuratova — a splendid Lyudmila in the last season premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre and the Mariinsky soloist Oksana Shilova rehearse the part of Violetta. An admirable tenor Alexey Dolgov, who joined the Bolshoi troupe this season, and the singer from the Youth opera program Evgeny Nagovitsyn will sing Alfredo. Igor Golovatenko and Vasily Ladyuk, soloists of the “New Opera” which has a long and successful history of cooperation with the Bolshoi, will sing Germont.
The Musical Director of the production is Laurent Kampellone, a French conductor, already familiar to the Moscow public: in 2010 he conducted a concert performance of Offenbach “Tales of Hoffmann” in the opera season ticket of the Moscow Philharmonic (Orchestra — “New Russia” and an international team of singers).
In her Paris salon, the courtesan Violetta Valéry welcomes guests to her home, among them Flora Bervoix, Marquis d’Obigny, Baron Douphol and Gastone, who introduces a new admirer, Alfredo Germont. The latter, confessing that he has adored Violetta from afar, offers a toast at her request (brindisi: "Libiamo"); she joins him in the salute to pleasure. As her guests move into the ballroom, Violetta, suddenly feeling faint, remains behind. Alfredo returns, concerned about her, and ardently declares his love ("Un dì felice"). At first, Violetta protests that love means nothing to her, but Alfredo’s sincerity touches her, and she gives him a camellia, her symbol, promising that he may return to see her when the flower has withered. After her guests have gone, Violetta wonders if Alfredo could be the man to fulfill her dream of love ("Ah, fors’è lui"). As she ponders her need for freedom ("Sempre libera"), Alfredo’s voice is heard outside, arguing in favor of romance.
Some months later, in a country villa near Paris, where he now lives with Violetta, Alfredo muses upon his contentment ("De’ miei bollenti spiriti"). When the maid, Annina, reveals that Violetta has been selling her jewels to pay their expenses, Alfredo departs for the city to settle their affairs at his own cost. Violetta comes looking for him and finds an invitation from Flora to a party that night. She puts it aside, having no desire to resume her former life. Alfredo’s father appears unexpectedly, demanding that Violetta renounce his son; the scandal of Alfredo’s liaison threatens his sister’s engagement ("Pura siccome un angelo"). Violetta at first refuses, but when Germont suggests that the fleeting charms of youth are her sole appeal for Alfredo, she agrees to make the sacrifice ("Dite alla giovine"). After Germont departs, Violetta sends a message accepting Flora’s invitation, then begins a farewell note to Alfredo. He enters suddenly, surprising her; hiding the note, she tearfully reaffirms her love ("Amami, Alfredo") before rushing away. Before long, a messenger brings her letter to Alfredo. Germont returns to console his despairing son with recollections of family life in Provence ("Di Provenza"). But Alfredo, seeing Flora’s invitation, concludes that Violetta has abandoned him for another lover and determines to confront her.
At her soiree, Flora learns from the Marquis that Violetta and Alfredo have parted. The floor is cleared for a band of fortunetelling Gypsies and dancers dressed as bullfighters, who sing of a matador and his coy sweetheart ("E Piquillo un bel gagliardo"). Soon Alfredo arrives, making bitter comments about love and gambling recklessly. Violetta, nervous and pale, enters on the arm of her old admirer, Baron Douphol, who proceeds to lose a small fortune to Alfredo. When the guests file into an adjoining room for supper, Violetta intercepts Alfredo, imploring him to leave before he further angers the baron. Misunderstanding her apprehension, he demands that she admit she loves Douphol. Bound by her promise to Germont, she pretends she does. Mad with jealousy, Alfredo calls the other guests as witnesses, then denounces Violetta and hurls his winnings at her feet ("Questa donna conoscete?"). As the guests rebuke him and Douphol challenges him to a duel, Germont enters and berates his son, who is stricken with remorse.
In Violetta’s bedroom, Dr. Grenvil tells Annina her mistress has not long to live. Tuberculosis is consuming her. When she awakens, Violetta rereads a letter from Germont telling her the baron was only wounded in his duel with Alfredo, who knows of her sacrifice and is on his way to ask her pardon. Sensing that it is too late, Violetta bids farewell to her past ("Addio del passato"). After Mardi Gras revelers pass by outside, Alfredo arrives. The lovers ecstatically plan to leave Paris forever ("Parigi, o cara"). Germont comes in with the doctor just before Violetta is seized with a last resurgence of strength. Crying out that she feels life returning, she falls dead.
Schedule for Giuseppe Verdi "Traviata" (Opera in two acts) 2017
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Soprano - Venera Gimadieva
Tenor - Stefan Pop