Royal Opera

La Traviata

In Cinemas 18, 19, 20 & 23 Mar 2016
Yves Abel
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Venera Gimadieva, Luca Salsi, Saimir Pirgu
Giuseppe Verdi
Richard Eyre
Set Design
Bob Crowley
3h32 incl. 2 intervals
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Captured live from Covent Garden, London 4 Feb 2016
4 stars. Gimadieva is the most moving Violetta I can recall. Parma-born Luca Salsi is a first-rate Giorgio Germont and the Verdi baritone we've been waiting for. One of the best Traviata's you'll see.

Drama, profound emotion and wonderful melodies combine in Verdi’s tragic opera of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love, vividly conveyed in Richard Eyre’s beloved staging… ‘A toast to the pleasures of life!’ – so sings Violetta Valéry (Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva), one of opera’s greatest heroines, her new admirer Alfredo (Saimir Pirgu) and her party guests in the opening scene. But beneath the surface glamour runs darker undercurrents.

The cinema broadcast is hosted by British writer and actor Simon Callow.


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The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in London’s iconic Royal Opera House (1858) in Covent Garden, it is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès.

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