Photo credit: Keith Saunders
To celebrate Opera Australia’s 200th performance of La Traviata at the Sydney Opera House, they are offering 200 tickets for an unbelievable price of 200 cents each for the February 23 performance of La Traviata. Tickets go on sale from the Sydney Opera House Box Office and The Opera Centre Box Office in Surry Hills at 9:30am on Wednesday 8th February. Maximum 2 per person, until sold out. So be quick.
The first production staged at the Opera House in 1978 set a very high bar for those that followed. In the starring role of Violetta was a young soprano by the name of Kiri Te Kanawa, who was in the midst of taking the world by storm but before she became a Dame.
Conducting was the legendary Maestro Richard Bonynge and the production was produced by long-time OA collaborator John Copley. Performing in his first production of La Traviata as Giuseppe was young Australian tenor Graeme Macfarlane who is currently performing in La Bohemé on the same stage as the one he took to 39 years ago.
La Traviata is undoubtedly the world's most popular opera. It includes the show-stopping aria 'Sempre libera', which vies with 'Nessun dorma' for highest ranking in classical top-tens as well as the famous drinking song, the ‘Brindisi’. It’s also famous for it’s starring role in the hit film Pretty Woman, when Richard Gere took Julia Roberts to her first opera, La Traviata is the quintessential operatic tragedy.
This current production by Elijah Moshinsky is one of Opera Australia’s most successful, featuring opulent party scenes in Paris and beautiful autumn afternoons in the countryside. Lavishly decorated sets and exquisite costumes along with Verdi’s famous, hummable tunes combine to create the perfect production for those wanting to experience opera for the first time.