The renowned and highly acclaimed Russian State Opera returns to Lincolnshire this autumn to perform Verdi opera masterpiece La Traviata.
The company, which consist of some 250 performers will be at Lincoln Theatre Royal on September 12 and the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe on September 30.
One of the greatest Verdi operas, La Traviata is a love story shrouded in sacrifice and misunderstanding
One of the most powerful and moving of all tragic operas, La Traviata is in three acts, set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and based on La Dame aux Camélias, a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas.
Giuseppe Verdi brings the beguiling splendour and gaiety of mid-19th Century Parisian life to the stage.
But there is also heartbreak and pathos in this tragic and resonant morality tale in which Violetta, a high-society courtesan with a heart of gold, sacrifices everything for the man she loves.
The title La Traviata literally means The Fallen Woman, or perhaps more figuratively, The Woman Who Strayed.
It recounts Dumas’ true-life affair with the beautiful demi-mondaine, Marie Duplessis.
La Traviata is a courtesan called Violetta whose life is a round of endless parties until a young nobleman, Alfredo Germont, convinces her to live in the country with him.
The couple are deeply in love and all is blissful contentment until Alfredo’s father arrives and tells Violetta that the affair is threatening the family’s honour.
Desperate to save Alfredo from disgrace Violetta leaves their rural idyll and returns to Paris and into the arms of another man.
Shadowing Violetta is the disease that so often afflicted morally questionable 19th Century women – consumption.
A masterpiece in its own right, it contains some of Verdi’s most beautiful and memorable music.
The score encompasses an astonishing range of moods and emotions, from Alfredo’s aristocratic charms to Violetta’s vivid effervescence, perfectly captured in her toast to life and free will Libiamo ne’ licit calici (let’s drink from the joyful cups) and Sempre libera (always free) .
It is a vocal showpiece to rival any other.
La Traviata, an ultimately tragic tale, combines compelling characters with hugely powerful, moving and instantly recognisable melodies, making it still, 162 years after its 1853 debut, one of the most emotionally engaging and popular operas of all time.
It is a deeply moving opera filled with emotion and strokes of genius.
La Traviata is an unforgettable, powerful experience.
Tickets for Lincoln Theatre Royal are £27.50 and £25.50 and available from the box office on 01522 519999 or online at www.lincolntheatreroyal.com.
Tickets for the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe are £29.50 (full price) and available from the box office on 0844 8542776 or online at www.bathshall.co.uk