About the Event
Experience the breathtaking beauty of Sydney's iconic Opera House and immerse yourself in the stunning architecture. This ultimate concert will awaken your understanding and appreciation of opera.
In this production, our captivating protagonist, Violetta, is a highly sought‐after courtesan and the toast of Paris. Desired by many, her encounter with the passionate Alfredo changes her life forever, igniting a longing within her to break free from her past. Who is the woman beyond the sparkling salon? This fresh take on a classic opera invites new questions and exploration.
Verdi's music for La Traviata is a thrilling and emotional experience, from the vivacious chorus of the famous 'Brindisi' to Violetta's soaring 'Sempre libera' and the breathless notes at the opera's tragic end.
The new production of La Traviata has been hailed as 'an absolute triumph' (The AU Review). Director Sarah Giles brings Violetta's inner world to the forefront, unveiling the heartache hidden behind the glamour. Charles Davis' set design cleverly highlights Violetta's private turmoil, even amidst spectacular crowd scenes. The stunning gowns reflect the silhouettes of the Victorian era with a modern couture twist.
This production showcases Australian talents currently making waves on the international stage. Conductor Jessica Cottis makes her Opera Australia debut, leading an exciting cast. Soprano Samantha Clarke will mesmerize audiences with her Sydney Opera House debut as she takes on the title role. Tenor Kang Wang returns to thrill Australian audiences as Alfredo, and New Zealand baritone Phillip Rhodes will captivate in his Opera Australia debut as Giorgio Germont.
- Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata
Cast / Production
Jessica Cottis (2 Jan–3 Feb)
Paul Fitzsimon (10 Feb–14 Mar)
SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER
Samantha Clarke (2 Jan–10 Feb)
Sophie Salvesani (22 Feb–14 Mar)
Kang Wang (2 Jan–10 Feb)
Tomas Dalton (22 Feb–14 Mar)
Phillip Rhodes (2 Jan–10 Feb)
Luke Gabbedy (22 Feb–14 Mar)
Jin Tea Kim
Opera Australia Orchestra
Opera Australia Chorus
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House hosts performances from many genres in Sydney, Australia. One of the 20th Century's most famous and distinctive structures, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon as a multiple performance venue. The complex hosts more than 1.2 million people annually with a season of 1,500 performances. Performers include international and local guest artists, and three resident companies: the Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
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.