Verdi’s tragic opera of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly conveyed in Richard Eyre’s beloved staging… ‘A toast to the pleasures of life!’ – so sings Violetta Valéry, sung by Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva, one of opera’s greatest heroines, her new admirer Alfredo, Saimir Pirgu, and her party guests in the opening scene. But beneath the surface glamour runs darker undercurrents.
There is drama, profound emotion and rich melodies int his production captured from the live performance on February 4 at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Conductor: Yves Abel/ Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House/ Cast: Venera Gimadieva, Luca Salsi, Saimir Pirgu/ Composer: Giuseppe Verdi/ Director: Richard Eyre/ Set Design: Bob Crowley/ Duration 3h 32 mts incl. 2 intervals/ Sung in Italian, with English subtitles