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23 April 2020 (Thu), 19:00 World famous Bolshoi Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1776) - Marvellous Main (Historic) Stage - Stars of the Stars World Opera Star Plácido Domingo as Giorgio Germont Opera Giuseppe Verdi "La 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 "La Traviata" (Opera in two acts) 2020

Conductor: Tugan Sokhiev
Bass-baritone: Nikolai Kazansky
Bass: Alexander Naumenko
Tenor: Arturo Chacon-Cruz
Tenor: Behzod Davronov
Bass: Denis Makarov
Soprano: Irina Lungu
Tenor: Placido Domingo
Tenor: Konstantin Artemiev

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Choirmaster producer: Valery Borisov
Choreography: Ekaterina Mironova
Stage Director: Francesca Zambello
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).

Francesca Zambello:

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).




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Synopsis

Act I

Alfredo Germont arrives at a party at the home of Violetta Valéry, a renowned courtesan. She is surprised to learn of his devotion to her, and of his concern during her recent illness. Alfredo leads a toast to love; Violetta responds with a toast to pleasure and excitement. Feeling faint, she excuses herself to rest. Alfredo follows and begs her to allow him to love and care for her. She tells him she is not interested in such heroic commitment, but invites him to return the next day. Alone, she wonders if she is capable of experiencing love. Dismissing the idea as nonsense, she determines to live for freedom and pleasure alone.

Violetta flees her extravagant life in Paris to be with Alfredo. After learning that she plans to sell her belongings to maintain their country retreat, Alfredo goes to Paris to pay their debts. While he is away, Giorgio Germont visits Violetta. He tells her that Alfredo, his son, intends to give her all his possessions. She tells the elder Germont that she would never accept and reveals that she is making sacrifices to maintain their life together. Although impressed by her nobility, Germont begs her to leave his son, as her association with the family will ruin his daughter’s future prospects. Violetta finally agrees, asking only that, after her death, Germont tell his daughter the truth. Later, when Alfredo receives a letter from Violetta, claiming she no longer loves him, he is devastated.

Act II

Violetta attends a party with her new protector, Baron Douphol. The men gamble, and Alfredo is the winner. Violetta pulls Alfredo aside and begs him to leave; he refuses and threatens to duel with the Baron. Unable to break her promise to the elder Germont, Violetta insists that she loves the Baron. Furious and hurt, Alfredo calls the guests together and publicly insults Violetta.

Now on her deathbed and tended by Annina, Violetta re-reads a letter from Giorgio Germont. According to the letter, Alfredo went abroad after dueling with the Baron; his father wrote to him there, explaining Violetta’s sacrifice. Alfredo arrives, asking forgiveness and pledging eternal love. Violetta expresses hope for their future together, but she is very weak. Alfredo sends Annina for the Doctor. He arrives with Giorgio Germont, who reproaches himself for his earlier behavior toward Violetta. He asks forgiveness and pledges to accept her as a daughter, but he is too late.





Schedule for Giuseppe Verdi "La Traviata" (Opera in two acts) 2020


Giuseppe Verdi. La Traviata: Parigi, o cara - Bolshoi Theatre, April 4, 2013
 
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Soprano - Venera Gimadieva
Tenor - Stefan Pop


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