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Review: La Traviata at The Opera House is ‘full of extraordinary talent’

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata, as director Ellen Kent brings this timeless opera to life with raw emotion and extraordinary talent.

In a mesmerising performance brought to the city by award-winning director Ellen Kent, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata came to life at the Opera House last night.

Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata

This timeless opera, first performed at Teatro La Fenice in 1853, unfolded its tragic narrative with raw emotion and extraordinary talent, leaving the audience in awe.

A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La Dame aux Camelias.

Based on a true story, it tells of the passionate loves and life of the consumptive courtesan, Violetta. There are many echoes of Verdi’s own life in Traviata and he threw himself into the music.

The highlights include the Brindisi, the best known drinking song in opera, the duet Un Di Felice and Violetta’s haunting aria Addio Del Passato.

This magnificent production boasts sumptuous sets and costumes.

Alyona Kistenyova as Violette

The plot revolves around Violette, portrayed by the captivating Alyona Kistenyova, whose enthralling performance captured the essence of the fallen woman.

Kistenyova’s nuanced portrayal of Violette’s journey, marked by love, sacrifice, and societal judgment, showcased her vocal prowess and dramatic range.

Georgi Meladze as Alfredo Germont

Georgi Meladze, in the role of Alfredo Germont, delivered an incredibly emotive performance that resonated with the audience.

His powerful rendition of Verdi’s compositions added depth to the character, creating a poignant connection between the narrative and the spectators.

Iurie Gisca as Giorgio Germont

Iurie Gisca, as Giorgio Germont, delivered a powerhouse performance filled with talent and an amazing voice.

Gisca’s portrayal of the stern yet compassionate father added layers of complexity to the storyline, creating a compelling dynamic with the other characters.

The supporting cast, including Natalia Matveeva as Flora Bervoix, Nicolae Cebanu as Gastone, and Vitalii Cebotari as Barone Douphol, complemented the main characters seamlessly, contributing to the overall excellence of the production.

Ellen Kent’s Seamless Direction

Under the adept direction of Ellen Kent, the opera unfolded with precision and finesse.

The stage direction by Victor Donos, coupled with the beautiful lighting design by Valeriui Cucarschi, created a visually stunning backdrop that enhanced the emotional resonance of the performance. This production was a real treat for a chilly Wednesday night in Manchester.

Conductor Vasyl Vasylenko skillfully guided the orchestra, ensuring a harmonious blend of Verdi’s musical masterpieces and the vocal brilliance of the cast.

Kateryna Kondratenko-Savienkova, as Chorus Mistress, deserves commendation for coordinating the choir’s impeccable performance, adding depth to the overall sonic experience.

This tour, dedicated to the memory of Sam Shrouder, Ellen’s dear friend and supporter, added a poignant layer to the evening. Shrouder’s contribution to making the opera a reality was palpable throughout the performance, underscoring the profound impact of the arts on our lives.

Verdi’s La Traviata in Manchester, under the visionary direction of Ellen Kent, was a triumph of artistry and emotion.

The exceptional performances, meticulous staging, and dedication to a dear friend elevated this production to a memorable and resonant experience for all in attendance.

And with the English National Opera setting up shop in Manchester, isn’t it time you gave opera a whirl? You might just love it!

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