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La traviata 2014 - Auckland

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Thursday, 19 June 2014


ASB Theatre


Age Restrictions
All Ages

New Zealand Opera opens its 2014 season with La traviata, Verdi’s most frequently performed opera. Featuring the famous drinking song, “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici”, and Violetta’s aria of freedom, “Sempre libera”, Verdi’s masterpiece is musical storytelling at its most spectacular, combining reckless love, masked revelry, family strife and self-sacrifice.

This new production, co-produced with The State Opera of South Australia and Opera Queensland, is created by the Australian trio who brought audiences this year’s beautiful and memorable Madame Butterfly: director Kate Cherry and her design team of Christina Smith and Matt Scott.

Aidan Lang, General Director of New Zealand Opera, says “Kate’s productions are always superb, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing how she and her team approach this fascinating work.

“We’ve also much to look forward to in the cast,” he says. “The role of Violetta Valéry – the ‘traviata’ or ‘woman who has gone astray’ – is one of the great soprano roles of the repertoire, and in Australian Lorina Gore we have a singer who combines brilliant vocal ability with a compelling stage presence. Her lover, Alfredo Germont, will also be sung by a bright young Australian, Samuel Sakker, who will make his NZ Opera début in this production, as will Scottish baritone David Stephenson as Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont.” Also included in the cast are New Zealanders Jared Holt as Baron Douphol, Wade Kernot as Marchese d’Obigny and, sharing Gastone, Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist Oliver Sewell and Freemasons Resident Artist Andrew Grenon. Fellow Resident Artist Wendy Doyle sings Annima, with Laurence Walls and Andrew Grenon sharing Giuseppe. Completing the line-up is Australian David Hibbard as Doctor Grenvil.

Featuring the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus and accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington, La traviata will be conducted by the hugely experienced Italian-American Guido Ajmone-Marsan, who was last with NZ Opera in 2010 with Macbeth.

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