la traviata

Giuseppe Verdi

Opéra Bastille - from 29 September to 29 December 2018

La Traviata

Opera in three acts (1853)

Music
Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto
Francesco Maria Piave
Conductor
Giacomo Sagripanti
Karel Mark Chichon
Director
Benoît Jacquot
Violetta Valéry
Aleksandra Kurzak
Ermonela Jaho
Flora Bervoix
Virginie Verrez
Annina
Cornelia Oncioiu
Alfredo Germont
Roberto Alagna
Jean‑François Borras
Charles Castronovo
Giorgio Germont
George Gagnidze
Luca Salsi
Ludovic Tézier
Gastone
Julien Dran
François Rougier
Il Barone Douphol
Philippe Rouillon
Il Marchese d'Obigny
Christophe Gay
Dottore Grenvil
Luc Bertin-Hugault
Giuseppe
Emanuel Mendes
Domestico
Andrea Nelli
Commissionario
Fabio Bellenghi
Set design
Sylvain Chauvelot
Costume design
Christian Gasc
Lighting design
André Diot
Choreography
Philippe Giraudeau
Chorus master
Alessandro Di Stefano

about


In Benoît Jacquot’s production, Manet’s Olympia dominates the stage of the Opéra Bastille. In 1863, the painting caused a scandal: the prostitute awaits her client, her expression proud, her demeanour assured. Is this Violetta? Like Olympia, Verdi’s most celebrated heroine surrenders to the spectator just as she surrenders to love, going so far as to die on stage, a woman’s ultimate sacrifice for her lover. Or might it be the spectator who strips her bare and intrudes upon her privacy, in the image of this milieu of social voyeurism? Whatever the case, these two women regard us with defiance and subjugate those who cannot help but look at them.

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