La Traviata 'the fallen woman' is a love story set against the backdrop of Parisian life, inspired by the stage play The Lady of the Camellias.
Violetta, a beautiful courtesan plays host to the nobility. She suffers from tuberculosis but feeling better, throws a party to celebrate her recovery. She meets the young bourgeois Alfredo, from a provincial family, and falls in love. With a promise to renounce her partying ways, they move to the country to begin their idyllic life together. Giorgio, Alfredo's father, concerned about the harm to the family's reputation, convinces her to leave him.
Her loyalty and love for Alfredo forces Violetta to pay the ultimate price for his happiness. Alfredo realising too late what has happened, arrives at her deathbed.
This traditionally crafted production is a wonderful romantic opera in which to experience the beautiful music in celebration of Verdi's birth 200 years ago.
West Australian Opera Chorus
West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
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WESFARMERS ARTS PRE-PERFORMANCE TALKS
Before each performance a brief summary of the opera is provided by guest speaker Annie Patrick. Please join her in the Exhibition Area, Dress Circle Level of His Majesty's Theatre. Talks will commence at 7pm prior to the evening performances at 7.30pm and at 1pm prior to the 1.30pm performance and run for approximately 15 minutes. Talks are open to the general public and bookings are not required.
WESFARMERS ARTS SYNOPSES
To download the Wesfarmers Arts Synopsis and Cast List click here. Courtesy of our Principal Partner Wesfarmers Arts, opera synopses will also be available free in the foyer at the theatre
'Libiamo ne' lieti calici' (Drinking Song) is a famous duet sung by Alfredo and Violetta with the chorus — a celebration of life.
This recording is used by kind permission of Universal Music Australia.