La Traviata (Verdi)
Robin Norton-Hale (director)
Elspeth Wilkes (musical director)
Olivier Award-winning company OperaUpClose open the 2017 Northern Aldborough Festival with their new production, set in the Jazz Age, of La Traviata. The story of Violetta, a so-called ‘fallen woman’ who sacrifices her own happiness for the sake of her lover’s family and future, La Traviata has been thrilling audiences for generations.
‘Compelling... striking music theatre of considerable integrity and force.’
‘As much emotional truth as in any production I have seen.’
Set in the prohibition era of speakeasies and bootlegging, with Violetta’s lover Alfredo a passionate young man whose optimism has been shaken by time at the front in the first world war, Violetta’s protector ‘the Baron’ a gang boss, and Alfredo’s father a crooked politician, this new production reveals the hypocrisy and heartache behind the glittering façade of parties. La Traviata is a co-production with OperaUpClose, Malmo Opera House and The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.
OperaUpClose is an ambitious, Olivier Award-winning opera company, producing innovatively staged, unintimidating, affordable and - crucially - high quality English chamber re-imaginings of well-known works and premières of new operas. It is an associate company of Soho Theatre and co-produces with the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Tricycle Theatre, Kings Place and Malmö Opera (Sweden). The company tours across the UK as well as accepting some international engagements.
Since being founded in 2009, OperaUpClose has produced twenty-five operas: six world premières of contemporary operas and nineteen classic operas in newly commissioned chamber orchestrations and English librettos. Their production of La Bohème won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Opera Production and the WhatsOnStage.com Award for Best Off-West End production; and their world première of The Blank Canvas won the 2015 Off West End Award for Best Opera.
Date: Thursday 22nd June 2017
Venue: St Andrew’s Church, Aldborough, YO51 9EP