La traviata

Sat 27 Jan - Sun 18 Feb
27 Jan
18 Feb

In La traviata, Giuseppe Verdi did more than just tell the story of a terminally ill courtesan. He also confronted his contemporaries with their own hypocritical morals. The German stage director Tatjana Gürbaca does the same in her incisive production of Verdi’s classic.

When Verdi decided to use Alexandre Dumas’ 1848 novel La dame aux camélias as the basis for La traviata, it was the first time he had used a contemporary story for one of his operas – Marie Duplessis, the Parisian courtesan who inspired the main character, had died in1847. She was a cult figure, the epitome of success and glamour who was fated to meet a tragic end.