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La Traviata

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La traviata
Giuseppe Verdi

New production

 

Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave

Based  on the novel by Alexandre Dumas fils

 

Verdi’s beloved opera reaches the glamorous fashion world of our time. Dan Ettinger conducts a breathtaking new production with costumes created by one of the former leading designers of Dior.


Conductor Dan Ettinger
Director Alessandro Talevi
Set Designer Madeleine Boyd 
Costume Designer Anja Vang Ktagh
Lighting Designer Matthew Haskins


 

Soloists:  

Violetta Ekaterina Bakanova
  Hila Baggio 
Alfredo Thomas Atkins
  Joseph Dennis
Germont Sebastian Catana
Levente Molnar
Flora Shay Bloch 
  Anat Czarny
Gaston Eitan Drori
The Baron Noah Briger
Marquis Oded Reich
  Yair Polishook
Doctor Grenvil Vladimir Braun
Annina Tal Bergman
  Shaked Strul

 

The Israeli Opera Chorus

Chorus Master: Ethan Schmeisser

 

The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion

 

Sung in Italian

English and Hebrew Surtitles
Translation: Israel Ouval

 

Synopsis

Act I

Violetta's House

A party is taking place at the house of Violetta Valéry, a beautiful Parisian demimondaine. Gastone, a nobleman, arrives and presents his friend, Alfredo Germont, telling Violetta that Alfredo has long been a silent admirer and had called daily during her illness. Baron Douphol, Violetta’s current protector, is angered by the conversation and refuses Gastone’s invitation to propose a toast. Alfredo accepts the invitation instead and sings an impassioned tribute to beauty and love. As the others go into another room to dance, Violetta suffers a fainting spell. Alfredo stays behind and confesses that he has been in love with her for a year. Violetta offers him friendship rather than love and gives him a flower, asking him to return when it has withered. Alfredo is overjoyed and bids her goodnight. When her guests leave, Violetta reflects on Alfredo’s proffered love, but finally decides that she must remain as she is, forever free to pass from pleasure to pleasure.

 

Act II

Scene i

A country house near Paris

Violetta is living with Alfredo in the country, having abandoned her life of ease and luxury in town. Annina, Violetta’s confidante, enters and tells Alfredo that she has been away to make arrangements to sell Violetta’s belongings in order to pay their debts. Alfredo, suddenly understanding what Violetta has sacrificed in order to live with him, leaves for Paris, determined to settle matters at his own cost. Violetta arrives and finds an invitation to a party at her friend Flora that evening. She has no intention of going back to her former life and decides to stay at home. A visitor is announced. Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s father, enters and declares that keeping Violetta as his mistress is ruining Alfredo. When Germont comments on the luxury of the country retreat, Violetta shows him the letters that have been prepared for the sale of all her possessions. He asks her to renounce Alfredo, explaining that the liaison threatens the engagement of Alfredo's younger sister. Germont is insistent, and Violetta finally surrenders and agrees to leave Alfredo forever.

As Violetta sits down to write her farewell note, Alfredo enters. Not realizing that his father is at the house, he tells Violetta that Germont had written him a severe letter, but it does not disturb him for he is certain that Germont will approve of Violetta as soon as he sees her. Pretending to leave the house so as not to be present during the meeting between Alfredo and his father, who has been waiting in the garden, Violetta goes out. A messenger enters with her farewell note. Alfredo is stricken with grief. His father tries to console him and persuade him to return to his family, but Alfredo refuses. Finding Flora's invitation, he determines to go to the party and confront Violetta.

 

Scene ii

Flora's House

Alfredo arrives at Flora's house as the guests begin to gamble. Violetta enters escorted by Baron Douphol. Alfredo is enjoying great success gambling, and explains that he who is unlucky in love is lucky in cards. The Baron, incensed by Alfredo’s insolence, challenges him to a game. Alfredo accepts and the Baron loses a small fortune to him. As the others go in for dinner, Violetta remains behind with Alfredo. She entreats him to leave lest the Baron challenge him to a duel. Alfredo says that he will leave only if she accompanies him. Unable to reveal the real grounds for her departure, Violetta declares that she is in love with the Baron. Alfredo, in a fit of jealous rage, calls in all the guests, denounces his former love and hurls his winnings at her feet, calling upon the guests to witness that he has paid Violetta in full. Germont enters in time to witness Alfredo’s rash behavior and joins the others in rebuking him for his conduct. Alfredo, realizing the lengths to which his jealousy has carried him, is contrite but knows that he is helpless to make amends. The Baron tells Alfredo that he must answer for the insult on the field of honor.

 

Act III

Violetta's House

Violetta’s illness has brought her to the point of death. Her physician, Dr. Grenvil, examines her and tells Annina that her mistress has but a few hours to live. Alone, Violetta rereads a letter from Germont saying that Alfredo has gone abroad after wounding the Baron in their duel. He has been made aware of Violetta's great sacrifice and is now returning to beg her forgiveness.

Alfredo arrives. The lovers are united at last, but it is too late. Germont arrives only to see Violetta, comforted by the presence of Alfredo, the man she has loved so tragically, die in his son's arms.

Back Stage Secrets

Back Stage Secrets at the Opera
Many Opportunities to Widen your Opera Experience

 

Do you want to know more about the opera you are about to attend? Do you want to find out some back stage secrets? Do you want to meet the artists after the performance? The Israeli Opera enables you to widen your opera experience with a variety of pre performance and post-performance events. 

 

Towards Opening
On Saturday morning before the premiere, the creators of the production and several of the soloists gather to discuss the opera, the production, their own career and today’s opera world. This is a unique opportunity to learn as much as possible about the production and meet the director, conductor, designers and some of the participating soloists. Musical excerpts from the opera illustrate the discussion. Towards Opening takes place before some of each season’s productions.


Pre Performance Lecture
One hour before each opera performance there is a 30-minute introductory lecture in the auditorium (in Hebrew). Opera staffers present the opera and the production and enable the audience to get some extra information a short time before attending the performances. Admission is free for ticket holders. 


Pre Performance Back Stage Tours
What happens backstage before the audience even thinks of getting dressed for the performance? What do the singers do? The conductor? The Technical teams? How does everyone prepare for the performance? A unique opportunity to taste a little bit of the back stage excitement before the curtain ascends/ A concerted half hour tour in places that are not usually open to the general public. Tours begin 90 minute before the performance begins and last 30 minutes. Tickets are 25NIS and can be booked in advance (tickets for each tour are limited). Tours take place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website. Tours from groups both in Hebrew and in English can be booked in advance (sarah@israelopera.org.il )

 

Opera Talkback
The curtain has just descended on the final scene of the opera. The hour is late. Nut the experience was riveting. This is the time to meet several of the performers. Come to listen and to speak. Ask questions. Meet the artists. A once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the artists who have just excited you on the stage. Opera Talkbacks takes place on the second level of the Opera House foyer and last around 30 minutes. Admission free. Opera Talkback takes place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website. 

 

 

Date

Hour

Towards Opening

9 May 2020

11:00

PREMIÈRE

13 May 2020

20:00

Opening lecture

Before every show

An hour before every show

Back Stage Tours

 14,19,20,24 May 2020

16:30 / 18:30

Opera Talkback

 16,20,24,27 May 2020

After the show 


 

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