Richard Eyre’s production of Verdi’s grand masterpiece La Traviata is made for everyone, yet for those who do not enjoy the sight of period costumes may stray far away. I support the 19th century traditional staging, here, which gives the audience a glimpse of the play La Dame aux camelias or Alexandre Dumas’s novel, which were the influences behind Verdi’s opera.
Eyre’s staging recounts the bourgeois lifestyle of Victorian Paris, revived by Bob Crowley and Andrew Sinclair. It’s enchanting traditionalism and classical vantage point of the Parisian aristocracy is brought to life by warm hues, symbolising the passion instilled in our heroine’s story.
Admittedly I’ve seen Richard Eyre’s production three times which tells you probably a lot about my interest in the production, let alone the opera. In 2014, Violetta was sung by Ailyn Pérez which I saw at a BP live broadcast at Trafalgar square, then in 2016 I watched as Sonya Yoncheva broke everyone’s heart at the Covent Garden.
Last night, as part of ROH’s 2017 programme, Joyce El-Khoury sang as Violetta, adorned with elegant Victorian couture as the Parisian demi-monde. Continue reading