la traviata

Giuseppe Verdi

Opéra Bastille - from 02 to 28 February 2018

Photo © Fatma Gultekin

La Traviata

Opera in three acts (1853)

Music
Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto
Francesco Maria Piave
Conductor
Dan Ettinger
Director
Benoît Jacquot
Violetta Valéry
Marina Rebeka
Anna Netrebko
Flora Bervoix
Virginie Verrez
Annina
Isabelle Druet
Alfredo Germont
Rame Lahaj
Charles Castronovo
Giorgio Germont
Vitaliy Bilyy
Plácido Domingo
Gastone
Julien Dran
Il Barone Douphol
Philippe Rouillon
Il Marchese d'Obigny
Tiago Matos
Dottore Grenvil
Tomislav Lavoie
Giuseppe
John Bernard
Domestico
Christian Rodrigue Moungoungou
Commissionario
Pierpaolo Palloni
Set design
Sylvain Chauvelot
Costume design
Christian Gasc
Lighting design
André Diot
Choreography
Philippe Giraudeau
Chorus master
Alessandro Di Stefano

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French and English surtitles

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I have lived for love, I die for love.

- Marguerite, La dame aux camélias, Alexandre Dumas fils

Who does not know the story of La Traviata? Inspired by the life of Marie Duplessis in La Dame aux camélias by Alexandre Dumas, Verdi composed the grand opera of feminine tragedy: a drama where, in the name of debauchery, society authorises extremes of sentiment and affronts the modesty of the most fragile emotions with an unhealthy voyeurism. Torn between love and moral duty, the heroine succumbs to the disease that corrupts both her body and her soul, a soul inured to self‑sacrifice. Like Manet’s Olympia, in Benoît Jacquot’s production the character of Violetta is exposed to the predatory gaze of spectators who have come to denude her.

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