Picturehouse Screen Arts
La Traviata (Verdi)
Sunday 10 August
5.30pm, Live from Glyndebourne
At one of her brilliant supper parties, the beautiful but frail demi-mondaine, Violetta Valéry, meets the well-born Alfredo Germont, and for love of him abandons her feverish life of pleasure. Alfredo’s father intrudes on their idyllic existence in the country and, although realizing her sincerity, persists in his demand that Violetta renounce Alfredo. Violetta determines to make the sacrifice and departs, leaving only a note for Alfredo. She appears at a ball in Flora’s house on the arm of an old admirer, Baron Douphol, to the fury of Alfredo. The two men play at cards; Alfredo wins consistently. Unable to persuade Violetta to go with him, Alfredo insults her and is challenged by the Baron. Violetta becomes ill, and all her friends desert her, leaving her virtually penniless. Alfredo at last returns. His father has told him of Violetta’s noble renunciation, and urged him to seek her forgiveness. Overjoyed at the sight of him, Violetta attempts to rise. But it is too late. As Germont and the doctor enter, Violetta dies in Alfredo’s arms.
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Read an interesting interview with the conductor Sir Mark Elder here
‘Glyndebourne's new production of Verdi's La Traviata is a satisfyingly elegant one’
‘…one of Verdi’s most lyrical scores is exquisitely conducted by Mark Elder…there can be no doubt of his mastery of the opera’s dramatic shape and instrumental palette, flawlessly rendered by the London Philharmonic. Even the most banal of accompaniments is made meaningful, with every phrase thoughtfully nuanced; the singers are supported, but the orchestration is honoured too – not least in ravishing accounts of the Preludes.’
Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph, 18 July 2014 – 4*
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