Verdi’s great opera comes to White Rock

La Traviata at the White rock
La Traviata at the White rock

Following the enthusiastic reaction to the performance of Rigoletto opera earlier this year, the Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back in Hastings with one of the greatest Verdi’s operas, La Traviata.

This haunting tragedy, with its beautiful arias, will be performed at the White Rock Theatre on October 8.

One of the most powerful and moving of all tragic operas, La Traviata is in three acts, set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and based on La Dame aux Camélias, a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils.

It is deservedly one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most popular operas and probably the one with which he felt the closest emotional connection.

It recounts Dumas’ true-life affair with the beautiful demi-mondaine, Marie Duplessis.

La Traviata is a courtesan called Violetta whose life is a round of endless parties until a young nobleman, Alfredo Germont, convinces her to live in the country with him. The couple are deeply in love and all is blissful contentment until Alfredo’s father arrives and tells Violetta that the affair is threatening the family’s honour. Desperate to save Alfredo from disgrace Violetta leaves their rural idyll and returns to Paris and into the arms of another.

A masterpiece in its own right, it contains some of Verdi’s most beautiful and memorable music. La Traviata, an ultimately tragic tale, combines compelling characters with hugely powerful, moving and instantly recognisable melodies, making it still, 162 years after its 1853 debut, one of the most emotionally engaging and popular operas of all time. It is a deeply moving opera filled with emotion and strokes of genius.

Producer Alexej Ignatow, of Amande Concerts Ltd, who has co-ordinated the UK tour, said: “Opera is sometimes seen as being out of reach but these performances will bring world class opera talent to local audiences in a way that makes opera more accessible than ever. For many people, seeing an opera is a wonderful and profound experience and one they are keen to repeat. I hope that these local performances will encourage many more people to try opera and discover the magic it creates.”

The Russian State Ballet & Opera House has been presenting ballets and operas to huge audiences, worldwide, for over 14 years. Amande Concerts Ltd will be bringing to the UK some 250 performers from the Company as part of their 2015 tours.

Tickets available on 01424 462288 or for more information as well as details go to www.opera-tickets.co.uk