Scottish Opera La Traviata The Festival Theatre Edinburgh 15th November 2017

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28 August 2017

SCOTTISH OPERA’S NEW SEASON OPENS WITH

SIR DAVID McVICAR’S SUMPTUOUS LA TRAVIATA

The passionate and flamboyant production of Verdi’s La traviata by Sir David McVicar, who wowed audiences and critics earlier this year with his production of Pelléas and Mélisande, opens Scottish Opera’s 2017/18 Season in Glasgow this October.

First performed by Scottish Opera in 2008, La traviata will also tour to Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh and is a revival of the co-production with Welsh National Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu and Teatro Real, Madrid.

Verdi’s magnificent opera tells the story of Violetta and Alfredo, set in the demi-monde of 1880s Paris. McVicar’s production gets to the core of their doomed love affair, finding a heartbreakingly human story in the midst of hedonistic high society. Russian-Dutch soprano Gulnara Shafigullina, recently Violetta at The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, and Anush Hovhannisyan, who represented Armenia at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World this year, head the cast of international talent as Violetta.

Multi-award-winning Dutch tenor Peter Gijsbertsen as Alfredo is joined by British baritone Stephen Gadd (Le Villi 2017) as Giorgio Germont, Simon Thorpe as Baron Douphol, Christopher Turner as Gastone and James Platt as Doctor Grenvil.

Three of Scottish Opera’s 2017/18 Emerging Artists also perform. Robertson Trust Scholarship

Emerging Artist Catherine Backhouse, Alex Otterburn (Greek 2017) and Laura Zigmantaite

play Annina, Marchese D’Obigny and Flora Bervoix respectively. David Parry (Carmen 2016)

conducts. The beautiful period set and costume design is by Tanya McCallin with Stephen

Powles reviving Jennifer Tipton’s original lighting design.

La traviata’s run in Glasgow coincides with the special milestone of Theatre Royal’s 150th anniversary on November 28. Home to Scottish Opera as well as Scottish Ballet, the Victorian theatre first opened in 1867 with a new extension featuring a spiral staircase and roof terrace added in 2014.

Alex Reedijk, Scottish Opera’s General Director said: ‘Sir David McVicar’s La traviata has been in great demand in opera houses around the world since its Scottish premiere almost a decade ago. Verdi’s opera is one of the most popular in the world, and I am delighted that audiences in Scotland have another opportunity to see this wonderful production with an exciting international cast.’

Audiences also have the chance to attend La traviata Unwrapped, a one-hour taster delving further in to the show and how it was created, as well as Pre-show Talks. Those who are visually impaired can enjoy the full opera experience at audio-described performances, which have live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music.

The original production was supported by Dunard Fund.

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Cast List

Violetta Valéry Gulnara Shafigullina & Anush Hovhannisyan (28 Oct, 7, 23, 28 Nov)

Alfredo Germont Peter Gijsbertsen

Giorgio Germont Stephen Gadd

Flora Bervoix Laura Zigmantaite*

Baron Douphol Simon Thorpe

Gastone Christopher Turner

Marchese D’Obigny Alex Otterburn*

Doctor Grenvil James Platt

Annina Catherine Backhouse*

*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Creative Team

Conductors David Parry and Dane Lam (7, 23, 28, 30 Nov)

Original Director Sir David McVicar

Revival Director Marie Lambert

Set & Costume Designer Tanya McCallin

Original Lighting Designer Jennifer Tipton

Revival Lighting Stephen Powles

Original Choreographer Andrew George

Revival Choreographer Colm Seery

Performance Diary

Theatre Royal Glasgow, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA

Thu 19 Oct, 7.15pm

Sun 22 Oct, 3pm

Tue 24 Oct, 3pm (Dementia Friendly Performance)

Wed 25 Oct, 7.15pm

Sat 28 Oct, 7.15pm

Tue 28 Nov, 7.15pm (150th anniversary of the opening of Theatre Royal Glasgow)

Thu 30 Nov, 7.15pm

Sat 2 Dec, 7.15pm

Free events

La traviata Unwrapped

Thu 26 Oct, 6pm

La traviata Pre-show Talk

Sat 28 Oct, 6pm

La traviata Touch Tour

Sat 28 Oct, 6pm

La traviata Audio-described performance

Sat 28 Oct, 7.15pm

His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1GL

Thu 2 Nov, 7.15pm

Sat 4 Nov, 7.15pm

Free events

La traviata Unwrapped

Fri 3 Nov, 6pm

La traviata Pre-show Talk

Sat 4 Nov, 6pm

La traviata Touch Tour

Sat 4 Nov, 6pm

La traviata Audio-described performance

Sat 4 Nov, 7.15pm

Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5SA

Tue 7 Nov, 7.15pm

Thu 9 Nov, 7.15pm

Sat 11 Nov, 7.15pm

Free events

La traviata Unwrapped

Fri 10 Nov, 6pm

La traviata Pre-show Talk

Sat 11 Nov, 6pm

La traviata Touch Tour

Sat 11 Nov, 6pm

La traviata Audio-described performance

Sat 11 Nov, 7.15pm

Festival Theatre, 13–29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT

Wed 15 Nov, 7.15pm

Fri 17 Nov, 3pm (Dementia Friendly Performance)

Sun 19 Nov, 3pm

Tue 21 Nov, 7.15pm

Thu 23 Nov, 7.15pm

Sat 25 Nov, 7.15pm

Free events

La traviata Unwrapped

Thu 16 Nov, 6pm

La traviata Touch Tour

Sun 19 Nov, 1.45pm

La traviata Audio-described performance

Sun 19 Nov, 3pm

La traviata Pre-show Talk

Sat 25 Nov, 6pm

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