La Traviata – Opera South

Thur 30th Oct 7:30pm, Sat 1st Nov 5:30pm & Sun 2nd Nov 2:30pm

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Opera South Orchestra & Chorus in fully staged performances

What makes LA TRAVIATA one of the most popular operas, attracting regular audiences worldwide? Certainly we are fascinated by Parisian society – including the demi-monde of courtesans – during a volatile century in French history. But it is Violetta and her nobility of spirit, brought alive by Verdi’s thrilling music, that attracts us most powerfully. We cannot help but be drawn into the emotions of her short, tragic life and untimely death.
The mistress of aristocrats and the toast of Paris, Violetta is very ill. She must look death in the eyes and make life-altering decisions within the time she has left. Is true love possible? Will the world around her, diseased in its own way, allow her that joy? Violetta’s dance of death, played out to Verdi’s exceptionally beautiful score, has moved the hearts of generations.
In October, Opera South brings LA TRAVIATA to Haslemere Hall in a
period production that focuses on Violetta’s inner world amidst the pressures of society and relationships.
By kind permission, the opera is sung in David Pountney’s English translation for ENO, by a cast of top young professional singers who have worked at companies including Glyndebourne, Opera North and Garsington.
The chorus is formed from the best of local singing talent in and around Surrey. The orchestra, under the baton of Opera South’s Music Director, rising star young conductor Mark Austin, is an ensemble of top young professional musicians who play regularly for the London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,
Mark is working again in felicitous partnership with experienced director Lynn Binstock, following their recent success with Rossini’s Count Ory. The artistic team is completed by the talented young theatre designer Cécile Trémolières, a recent finalist for the Linbury Prize.
There will be three performances of LA TRAVIATA at Haslemere Hall, on Thursday 30th October at 7.30 pm; Saturday 1st November at 5.30 pm and Sunday 2nd November at 2.30pm

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