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La Traviata

Dutch National Opera and BalletWaterlooplein 22, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Dates/times in Amsterdam time zone
Saturday 04 December 202119:30
Wednesday 08 December 202119:30
Sunday 12 December 202114:00
Friday 17 December 202119:30
Monday 20 December 202119:30
Thursday 23 December 202119:30
Sunday 26 December 202114:00
Programme
Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)La traviataLibretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Performers
Dutch National Opera
Andrea BattistoniConductor
Tatjana GürbacaDirector
Henrik AhrSet Designer
Barbara DrosihnCostume Designer
Stefan BolligerLighting Designer
Mané GaloyanSopranoVioletta Valéry
Bogdan VolkovTenorAlfredo Germont
George PeteanBaritoneGiorgio Germont
Maya GourMezzo-sopranoFlora Bervoix
Inna DemenkovaSopranoAnnina
Ian CastroTenorGastone de Letorières
Roger SmeetsBassBaron Douphol
Michael WilmeringBaritoneMarquis d'Obigny
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus of Dutch National Opera

With his La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi not only told the story of a terminally ill courtesan. He also confronted his contemporaries with their own hypocritical morals. In her forceful production, German director Tatjana Gürbaca does the same.

La Traviata is the long-awaited DNO debut of Tatjana Gürbaca, one of today’s most exciting opera directors. In her production, Violetta Valéry, initially a carefree ‘material girl’, becomes increasingly entangled in the capitalistic system that eventually crushes her. Gürbaca strips the opera of all its unnecessary decorations and lays bare the unrelenting hardness of the human condition against the background of a minimalistic décor.

Violetta Valéry’s role calls for an exceptionally versatile singer and actress. It is said with good reason that ideally the role should be performed by three different sopranos, one for each act. DNO has engaged an up-and-coming singer for the role, the young Armenian soprano, Mané Galoyan, whose performance of the role in Glyndebourne was a great success. The Ukrainian tenor Bogdan Volkov, winner of the World Opera Competition, Operalia in 2016, plays her lover, Alfredo Germont. The trio of lead roles is completed by Verdi veteran George Petean, known for his impressive portrayal of Nabucco with DNO. Musical direction is in the hands of the energetic and passionate Italian conductor Andrea Battistoni, who has already proven to be a master of his homeland’s repertoire in his previous collaborations with DNO, La bohème (2017) and Petite messe solennelle (2021).


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