The National Theatre

La traviata

Opera based on Alexandre Dumas’s novel La Dame aux camélias.

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All dates

Thursday

3/23/2023


7:00 PM


Státní opera

Praha 1


450 - 1290 CZK

Wednesday

3/29/2023


7:00 PM


Státní opera

Praha 1


450 - 1290 CZK

Sunday

4/9/2023


7:00 PM


Státní opera

Praha 1


450 - 1290 CZK

Wednesday

4/19/2023


7:00 PM


Státní opera

Praha 1


190 - 1290 CZK

Description

ABOUT PERFORMANCE

Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata, to the libretto based on Alexandre Dumas’s novel La Dame aux camélias, about Marie Duplessis, the famous courtesan and idol of Parisian society in the 1840s, is actually the very first significant opera to a contemporary social theme. The work’s premiere in 1863 in Venice was, however, a fiasco: the audience was appalled that the lead role had been assigned to a courtesan who, what’s more, was portrayed in a positive light. Yet Verdi’s opera soon started garnering plaudits and is now one of the most popular repertoire titles the world over. Verdi’s moving music romantically idealises Violetta’s ill-fated love for Alfredo and addresses the spectator not only with its theatrical eff ectiveness but also, and primarily, profound and emotive lyrics.

Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata, to the libretto based on Alexandre Dumas’s novel La Dame aux camélias, about Marie Duplessis, the famous courtesan and idol of Parisian society in the 1840s, is actually the very first significant opera to a contemporary social theme.

The work’s premiere in 1863 in Venice was, however, a fiasco: the audience was appalled that the lead role had been assigned to a courtesan who, what’s more, was portrayed in a positive light. Yet Verdi’s opera soon started garnering plaudits and is now one of the most popular repertoire titles the world over.

La traviata has been staged by the opera house (today’s State Opera) in Prague since the very beginning of its existence, when it took over the production from the German Estates Theatre. The opera primarily afforded the opportunity to host celebrated foreign singers, including the legendary Australian soprano Nellie Melba (18 April 1900). The most recent production was undertaken in 2006 by a foreign team headed by the French stage director Arnaud Bernard, with the music being explored by the Italian conductor Enrico Dovico.

The opera is staged in Italian original version and Czech and English subtitles are used in the performance.

CAST

Kristina Mkhitaryan / Jana Šrejma Kačírková (Violetta Valéry), Richard Samek / Peter Berger (Alfredo Germont), Audun Iversen / Miguelangelo Cavalcanti (Giorgio Germont) and others.

State Opera Orchestra
State Opera Chorus

Length 165 minutes
Break 2x20 minutes
Music
Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto
Francesco Maria Piave
Stage director
Arnaud Bernard
Conductor
Enrico Dovico
Conductor
Jiří Štrunc
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