Glyndebourne La Traviata

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Giuseppe Verdi

Glyndebourne: La traviata


Wednesday 26-Saturday 29 November 2014 Download Calendar

The Lyric


La traviata, the fallen woman. Does that phrase still have relevance today?

For Verdi it was a subject of intense personal significance. He and the singer Giuseppina Strepponi lived together for ten years before they married, enduring the objections of those who viewed her as a woman of no worth or moral standing.

Violetta, the fallen woman of the title, is a vividly real, flesh-and-blood creation. She suffers from the consumption which will inevitably kill her but which, in the view of the time, brought with it a feverish intensity and heightened erotic impulse. Life, for her, is to be grasped with both hands and lived to the full.

The character is based on Marie Duplessis, mistress of Alexandre Dumas fils, who fictionalised her in his novel La Dame aux camélias. When another writer, Marcel Proust, saw La traviata, he wrote: ‘It’s a work which goes straight to my heart. Verdi has given it the style it lacked … for a dramatic work to touch popular sentiment the addition of music is essential.’

That music was written by Verdi at the peak of his powers. It is lyrical, heartbreaking and unforgettable, appealing directly to the emotions and resulting in an opera that invents itself anew for every generation.

A new production from the 2014 Festival

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Conductor – David Afkham
Director – Tom Cairns
Designer – Hildegard Bechtler
Choreographer – Aletta Collins
Lighting Designer – Peter Mumford

Cast includes

Violetta Valéry – Irina Dubrovskaya
Alfredo Germont – Zachary Borichevsky
Giorgio Germont – Evez Abdulla
Baron Douphol – Eddie Wade

The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus

The performance lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one interval of 20 minutes.

A pre-performance talk will be held at the Athenaeum, behind the Theatre, on Wednesday 26th November at 6.15pm

Pricing & Concessions

Full price:
£15.70 – £50.20

Under 16s, Student, Unwaged, Young Company, ANLO:
Half price tickets in A, B & C (Wed eve)

Over 60s:
£5 off A, B & C (Wed eve)

£4 off A, B & C (Wed eve)

Corporate Members:
£5 off A, B & C (Wed eve)

£4 off A, B & C (Wed eve)

People’s Company:
£3.50 off A, B & C (Wed eve)

Groups of 10+:
£2.50 off each ticket

Groups of 20+:
£3.50 off each ticket

Groups of 40+:
£4.50 off each ticket

School groups of 10+:
£10 tickets in A, B & C (Wed eve)

Sat 29th Nov 7.15pm only:
Under 18s £10 tickets (limited availability)

Book two Glyndebourne operas at the same time and receive £4 off each ticket (A, B & C)
Book three Glyndebourne operas at the same time and receive £6 off each ticket (A, B & C)

Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee. Concessions exclude price band E in The Lyric.

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