High drama, decadence and an opulent setting – this mainstay of the Opera Australia repertoire is hard to resist
Monday, March 30 is Opera Australia's open curtain night: audiences will be able to watch the full four-minute scene change between the second and third act in full view. It's one of the company's fastest and most complex scene changes.
We challenge you to find a bigger tearjerker than this in the opera canon; it's not just the story (based on Alexandre Dumas' popular 1848 novel La Dame aux Camélias) about a courtesan who falls for a young admirer, but sacrifices her chance at happiness for the greater good; it's also Verdi's romantic score. These are why we keep going back to Verdi's opera.
This 'old faithful' production by director Elijah Moshinsky, with opulent 19th century design, is also something that audiences keep returning to; it's never long out of circulation for Opera Australia.
American soprano Corinne Winters makes her Australian debut as Violetta.