Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry and Saimir Pirgu as Alfredo Germont. La traviata is one of the most popular of all operas, loved for its drama, its excitement and its famous music. The social scandal, stormy love affair and doomed heroine of La Dame aux camélias inspired Verdi to music of matching passion and memorable melodies.
Richard Eyre’s ever-popular production for The Royal Opera brings the elegant world of 19th-century Parisian society to life. There is the glamour of an extravagant lifestyle made especially vivid through Bob Crowley’s sumptuous designs – but there are also the swiftly revealed dangers at the tragic heart of the drama.
The claustrophobic conventions of society, painful deception and true self-sacrifice are even more powerful and poignant when set to Verdi’s music. Such powerful emotions so beautifully portrayed have earned La traviata its place as one of the greatest operas of all time. The wonderful musical resources of The Royal Opera – cast, conductor, chorus, orchestra – and this ever-popular production show why La traviata is also such great theatre.