New orchestration for piano, clarinet and cello by Harry Blake
New English version by Robin Norton-Hale
Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose present their critically acclaimed new English version of La Traviata. Set in Atlantic City, USA, during the 1920s prohibition era of speakeasies and bootlegging, this is the story of Violetta, a so-called ‘fallen woman’ who sacrifices here own happiness for the sake of her lover’s family and future.
Violetta’s lover Alfredo, is a passionate young man whose optimism has been shaken by time at the front line in the first world war. Violetta’s protector ‘the Baron’ is a gang boss, and Alredo’s father a crooked politician.
This production reveals the hypocrisy and heartache behind the glittering façade of 1920s parties.
La Traviata has been re-orchestrated by composer Harry Blake (resident composer at West Yorkshire Playhouse) for five singers and a trio of cello, woodwind and piano.
This is a co-production between OperaUpClose, Malmo Opera House and The Belgrade Theatre Coventry.