Verdi: La traviata ***
The Royal Opera, 14th June 2017
Kasper Holten was right. The affable former Director of Opera always defended yet another run of Verdi’s La traviata at Covent Garden by arguing that for every regular operagoer jaded by seeing it dozens of times, there would be visitors to the House seeing it for the first time. It’s the perfect opera to start with. Richard Eyre’s staging is a classic, beautifully costumed and with stylish sets. The plot is easy to grasp, much of the music is familiar. And it allows the soprano singing Violetta just enough space to put her own stamp on the role.
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