I attended the first night (18 May) of the production.
La traviata is a dramatic opera that deals ‘with real people and real emotions’, said the music director, Sam Evans, of Hampstead Garden Opera (HGO)’s new production of Verdi’s master opera. It is one of the most performed and has been in the operatic repertoire for more than 150 years. Yet the people who attended its premiere, at La Fenice (Venice) in 1853, did not approve. The censors felt the opera was too contemporary and requested it was set in the 1700s. But regardless of what time and place a director sets the opera, it is Verdi’s rich music and its lead characters which remain timeless.