About the Event
Enjoy Verdi's La Traviata! The libretto by Francesco Maria Piave is based on the novel and play 'La Dame aux Camelias' by Alexandre Dumas' son. The much loved opera in three acts was first performed 6th March 1853 at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice.
After the highly successful premiere of Rigoletto at La Fenice in March 1851, Verdi was commissioned to deliver an opera for that house, to be performed in March 1853. He spent some time in Paris during the winter of 1851/52 and there he saw a daring new play by Alexandre Dumas: 'La Dame aux Camelias'. However, Verdi did not decide on this subject right away. The theatre forced Verdi to abandon the contemporary setting and relocate the action back to the year 1700. This rankled Verdi enormously, but he accepted, relieved that the libretto had passed the censor quite quickly and with less trouble than he was used to encountering in Venice.
It would almost seem that the hallmark of some of the most successful and well‐loved operas is a less than favorable — even disastrous — reception of the premiere. This was the case for 'La Traviata' when it was first performed at La Fenice. It was an unmitigated fiasco. But: Exactly 14 months later on 6th May 1854, again in Venice, at the Teatro San Benedetto it was an overwhelming success.
- Verdi, Giuseppe – La Traviata
Cast / Production
Director: Pier Francesco Pingitore
Assistant to director: Marina Tiberi
Choir master: Lorenzo Scaccia
Choreography: Evelyn Hanack
Costums and scenes: Graziella Pera
Artistic production: Opera Viva
Light design: Valerio Modesti
Characters and Singers
Violetta Valery: Carmela Maffongelli — Soprano | Sabrina Testa — Soprano
Flora Bervoix‐Annina: Irene Bottaro — Mezzosoprano | Maria Ratkova — Mezzosoprano
Alfredo Germont: Pierluigi Pascucci — Tenor | Domenico Tegliafilo — Tenor
Giorgio Germont: Paolo Drigo — Baritone | Giancarlo Pera — Baritone
Gastone: Guido Bernoni — Tenor
Barone Duphol: Andrea Cionci — Baritone
Marchese d’Orbigny: Stefano Viti — Bass
Dottor Grenvil: Silvio Riccardi — Bass
Giuseppe, Servo di Violetta: Giuseppe Meli — Tenor
Domestico di Flora: Enzo Ferrari — Bass
Commissionario: Lorenzo Scaccia — Bass
4.7 of 5
I enjoyed the show, beautiful show
The height of the ceiling made it difficult for the singers to project their voices. They could have done with a microphoned sound system. Otherwise good — very professional — except that the lead soprano tended sometimes to scream her top notes.
The venue was spectacular, when the performance started, we were amazed by the acoustics. Musicians and performers were excellent, and overall we were delighted with the experience. We would attend another performance and would recommend others to enjoy this experience.
A good performance. The singers/aktors should be more elevated for the audiensen to see them better
What an excellent event, the performance was fantastic, the venue was brilliant and atmosphere very personnel.
Very nice evening. My only complaint would be that in the back seats it was a little bit difficult to see if you weren’t sitting on the aisle
A present for my mum's birthday! She absolutely loved it.
Young aspiring singers did they best and succeeded!