The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD continues its screenings, bringing quality productions to the Cypriot big screen. Since October, live screenings of high-calibre performances have been shared with the local public, and only a few chances remain as we draw close to the end of the year and the end of the screenings.
One to catch is certainly Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, this Saturday December 15. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father Germont, who destroys their love.
A classic opera, La Traviata had its world premiere in Venice in 1853, and survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Following the larger-scale dramas of Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, its intimate scope and subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound and heartfelt music.
The title role of the ‘fallen woman’ has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities – and challenges. Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.
In a remarkable career spanning six decades in the theater, Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) composed 28 operas, at least half of which are at the core of today’s canon. Now are you planning to go?
La Traviata, The MET: Live in HD | Giuseppe Verdi
The Metropolitan Opera live screening. December 15. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 7.55pm. €18 /14. Tel: 25-343902