La Traviata

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La Traviata
Photograph: Keith Saunders
Dominica Matthews as Flora Bervoix in Opera Australia's La Traviata.

High drama, decadence and an opulent setting – this mainstay of the Opera Australia repertoire is hard to resist

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.

In 2017 you can see one of three sopranos proven in the role: international star Ermonela Jaho will open the season, followed by Lorina Gore and then Emma Matthews.

See what else is in the Opera Australia 2017 season.

By: Dee Jefferson


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