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Verdi La Traviata

From 13 April TO 29 May 2020
Opernhaus - Leipzig

Verdi : La Traviata

2 h 15
  • Conductor
    Christoph Gedschold
  • Director
    Andreas Homoki
  • Performers
    Violetta Valery: Ainhoa Garmendia
    Alfredo Germont: Matthias Stier
    Giorgio Germont: Mathias Hausmann
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Opernhaus - Leipzig Location Augustusplatz 12 - 04109 Leipzig Allemagne

The Venue's History in few words …

Nikolaus Adam Strungk, like a number of 17th century musicians, was a man of many talents, being not only a composer, but also a violinist and organist. Yet he has gone down in history as the man who, in 1693, founded the first Leipzig Opera. He was the first director of the opera house where a number of his own compositions were performed. This was also the case for his successor, the prolific Georg Philip Telemann who, however, failed to save the institution from closing in 1720.


Leipzig then presented visiting Italian troupes until the fashion for German opera reached such a peak that the city opened a new theater in 1766. The Städtisches Theater was officially inaugurated in 1817 and, under different directors, the most famous being E.T.A. Hoffmann, presented repertoire ranging from Mozart to Weber, including the German premiere of Oberon, soon after the world premiere at Covent Garden.


In 1840, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, at the time under Mendelssohn, was named official orchestra to the Leipzig Opera and has remained so to this day. In 1850, Schumann conducted the first performances of his opera, GENOVEVA. In 1867 a new opera house was built on Augustusplatz, directly opposite the site of the future " New Gewandhaus ". A staunch defender of German operatic art, the Leipzig Opera soon took up the cause of Richard Wagner's music, putting on one of the first full performances of the RING, using stage sets and costumes from the Bayreuth Festival.


Before long they set forth to reveal the prodigious Ring cycle beyond German borders : these productions met with enthusiastic acclaim at Covent Garden, La Fenice and La Monnaie. Wagnerian culture was defended later by Arthur Nikisch and his young assistant, Gustav Mahler, but the Leipzig Opera also remained free to innovate and became one of the temples of modern music in the first half of the 20th century with programmes featuring a number of world premieres including the jazzy tones of Krenek's JONNY STRIKES UP (1927) and the more strident tones of Kurt Weill for Bertolt Brecht's RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY (1930). The opera was destroyed during the Second World War and not rebuilt until 1960. The style is not quite identical but has attempted to respect the classical lines of the old theater.


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La Traviata

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi is a popular opera played over three parts, and set to a beautiful Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave.

Telling the tale of a fallen woman, the opera is based on an original play adapted from a novel entitled 'La Dame aux Camélias' by Alexandre Dumas, the younger son of the famous French writer. Though both Verdi and Piave wished to adhere to Dumas' contemporary setting, authorities at La Fenice were adamant that it should be set in the 1700's. It was only in the 1880's that the opera was finally performed in the contemporary setting that Verdi had intended. However, it was not well recieved until it was again revised.

The most performed opera in the world according to Operaboard 2012/2013, and certainly one of the most popular, La Traviata is set in early 18th century Paris and tells the tale of Violetta, a courtesan.

Act 1
A fabulous party is thrown to celebrate the recovery from illness of famous Parisian courtesan, Violetta Valéry. Count Gastone has brought along his friend, the young noble Alfredo Germont who is in love with Violetta. Gastone tells Violetta that during her illness Alfredo visited her home every daym abnd she wonders if he could be 'the one'. However, Violetta's lover Baron Douphol is not impressed and refuses to toast her creating the opening for Alfredo to sing a drinking song in her honour.

Act 2
Scene 1:
Violetta has given up her life in Paris and has moved with Alfredo to her country home. Annina the maid has been to Paris to sell Violetta's belongings to support them and when Alfredo discovers this he leaves for Paris. Alfredo's father, Giorgio Germont visits Violetta to beg her to break up with his son since her reputation is ruining his daughter's engagement. She finally agrees and is seen weeping alone. Leaving a farewell note with her servant for Alfredo, Violetta leaves for Paris.
Scene 2: Party at Flora's house
Everyone is shocked to hear of the break up of Violetta and Alfredo. She arrives at the party with Baron Douphol. Alfredo says it will be he who leaves with her and wins a lot of money at the gambling table. Alfredo won't believe that Violetta no longer loves him and forces her to say that she is in love with the Baron. Alfredo throws the money at Violetta to 'pay for her services'. Giorgio enters looking for his son Alfredo and immediately realises what has happened. The Baron and Alfredo decide to fight a duel.

Act 3
Her tuberculosis has returned and Violetta doesn't have long to live when a letter from Alfredo's father informing her that the Baron was only wounded. He has told Alfredo of the sacrifice Violetta made for him and his sister. It is too late and Violetta is aware of this when Alfredo rushes in. She dies in his arms.

Violetta Valéry - courtesan (soprano)
Alfredo Germont - a young noble (tenor)
Giorgio Germont - Alfredo's father (baritone)
Annina - maid (soprano)
Barone Douphol - Violetta's lover and Alfredo's rival (baritone)


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