La traviata tells the moving story of how the beautiful but fragile courtesan Violetta is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation.
A tragic and resonant tale of society and morality, Verdi’s masterpiece combines compelling characters with hugely powerful, moving and instantly recognisable melodies, making it one of the most emotionally engaging and popular operas of all time. Peter Konwitschny’s celebrated production of La Traviata returns to ENO, cutting to the very heart of the opera’s themes of passionate love and tragic death with a modern and uncluttered staging, and a running time of less than two hours.
Making her UK debut as Violetta is soprano Elizabeth Zharoff, who stars alongside ENO Harewood Artist Ben Johnson as Alfredo and acclaimed baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore as Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont.
La traviata is sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 1hrs 50mins
Pre-performance talk with Aoife Monks, programme director, text and performance MA, Birkbeck University: 13 Feb, 5.15 – 6pm, £5/£2.50 concs
For performances of La traviata on 5 & 11 Mar, please note there will be cameras present in the auditorium for the ENO Screen live relay.
Co-production Opera Graz, Austria. Original Production supported by the English National Opera Trust.
La traviata cast and creative team
Conductor Roland Böer
Director Peter Konwitschny
Designer Johannes Leiacker
Lighting Designer Joachim Klein
Librettist Francesco Maria Piave after Alexandre Dumas fils
Translator Martin Fitzpatrick
Violetta Elizabeth Zharoff
Alfredo Ben Johnson
Germont Anthony Michaels-Moore
Flora Clare Presland
Gaston Paul Hopwood
Baron Douphol Matthew Hargreaves
Marquis d’Obigny Charles Johnston
Dr Grenvil Martin Lamb
Annina Valerie Reid