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La traviata

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New National Theatre, Tokyo: Opera House1-1-1 Honmachi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0071, Japan
November 28 19:00, December 01 14:00, December 03 14:00, December 05 19:00, December 07 14:00
Performers
New National Theatre
Ivan RepušićConductor
Vincent BoussardDirector
Vincent LemaireSet Designer
Myrtò PapatanasiuSopranoVioletta Valéry
Iván Ayón RivasTenorAlfredo Germont
Shingo SudoBaritoneGiorgio Germont
Yuka KobayashiMezzo-sopranoFlora Bervoix
Keiroh OharaTenorGastone de Letorières
Hiroyuki NaritaBaritoneBaron Douphol
Yayoi MasudaMezzo-sopranoAnnina
Tatsuhiko KitagawaBass-baritoneMarquis d'Obigny
Masumi KubotaBassDr Grenvil
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
New National Theatre Chorus

"La traviata" is set in the world of Parisian high society. This popular opera tells the story of the courtesan, Violetta Valéry: her loves and her sad fate. It is based on the dramatic adaptation of the romantic novel, "La Dame aux Camélias" by Alexandre DUMAS fils, modeled by the author on the high-class mistress, Marie Duplessis. Giuseppe VERDI then took the story, making its heroine a contemporary woman, and writing an innovative opera in which he raised the role of the music itself to that of expressing the story's emotions. Starting with "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" ("Let's drink from the joyful cups"), which has become a well-known, staple tune of gala concerts, the work features numerous other famous songs, such as Violetta's most technically demanding aria, "Ah, fors'è lui-sempre libera" ("Ah, maybe he's the one-Always free"), in the prelude foretelling tragedy, and Germont's "Di Provenza il mar, il suol" ("The sea and soil of Provence").

The director, Vincent BOUSSARD, is a recognized authority of sophisticated staging with an unerring eye for colour. His production of "La traviata" (first staged in 2015) displays that aesthetic sensibility. At the same time, he effectively holds up a mirror on the world to paint an imagined landscape, taking the theme of a woman's fate in the world of men. Upon curtain fall, we are left with the vivid picture of a woman who has lived her life with unwavering pride.

Violetta will be played by world-class soprano Myrtò PAPATANASIU, with her majestic voice and brilliant stage presence. The role of Alfredo will be taken on by the up and coming Iván Ayón RÍVAS, who made his debut at leading theatres throughout Italy. Ivan REPUŠIĆ, General Music Director of the Staatsoper Hannover, will take up the conductor's baton.

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