About the Event
Immerse yourself in the stunning architecture of Florence's breathtaking Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio for a immersive and semi‐scenic version of Verdi's La Traviata.
This original version of the opera takes the audience on a sixty‐minute intense journey through the most impressive moments of Verdi's masterpiece. A symbol of romantic opera, which is the most performed melodrama in the world, the poignant and timeless story of La traviata tells of the ill‐fated love between Alfredo Germont and the courtesan Violetta Valéry. She sacrifices her own happiness so as not to sully the honor and reputation of her lover's family. Love, sacrifice and immortal music characterize this unique experience. During this indispensable journey, the audience will be accompanied by breathtaking immersive images and a narration (in English) will guide them through the story.
- Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata, Immersive and semi‐scenic version
Cast / Production
Narrator: Paolo Noseda
Instrumental: Ensemble Amedeo Modigliani
Stage direction: Nicola Andrea Fanucchi
Video installation: Crossmedia
Artistic Direction: Mario Menicagli
Conductor: Stefano Aiolli
Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio
The Auditorium of Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio is located in the heart of Florence, right next to the famous Ponte Vecchio. Now used as a concert venue, the church dates to 1116, and is considered one of the oldest churches in the city. A mixture of architectural styles ranging from Romanesque to Gothic and Baroque combine to create a unique stage for cultural and musical performances. Decorated with numerous exceptional works of art, the Rennaissance-era crucifix and the medieval style crypt are also notable. Despite extensive damage during the Second World War and the 1996 flood, many of the artworks were rescued and kept in very good condition. During a recent restoration (1993), a 15th century fresco from the school of Botticelli school was discovered. Reopened as a venue for cultural and musical activities, Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio is now a key part of artistic life in Florence thanks to its beautifully decorated interior and perfect acoustics.
Giuseppe Verdi was an Italian opera composer. From a young age, he developed a musical education with the help of a patron and soon dominated the Italian opera. In fact by his 30s, he became one of the most influential opera composer all over the classical scene. His most famous operas are Il Trovatore, Rigoletto and La Traviata. Furthermore, he was able to establish himself as a landowner with the income from his successful operas and focus on his private life. However, he soon returned to the scene with his new popular work Aida (1871), and three masterpieces: Otello, Requiem and Falstaff.