The Russian State Ballet and Opera House brings Verdi’s haunting opera masterpiece La Traviata to the Crewe Lyceum on Friday, September 11 at 7.30pm.
The tragedy in three acts features beautiful arias and stirring music performed in Italian by an impressive cast and an orchestra comprising more than 30 musicians. The performance has English subtitles.
Lyceum marketing manager Gemma Whalley said: “La Traviata is an unforgettable, powerful experience that truly belongs in the beautiful settings of the Crewe Lyceum Theatre’s intimate opera house-style auditorium.”
Giuseppe Verdi brings the beguiling splendour and gaiety of mid-19th century Parisian life to the stage in the tragic and resonant tale of Violetta, a high-society courtesan with a heart of gold who sacrifices everything for the man she loves.
La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) is adapted from the novel La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, recounting his true-life affair with the beautiful demi-mondaine, Marie Duplessis.
In La Traviata, courtesan Violetta’s life is one of endless parties, until young nobleman Alfredo convinces her to live in the country with him.
They are blissfully content until Alfredo’s father arrives and tells Violetta that the affair is threatening the family’s honour.
Desperate to save Alfredo from disgrace, Violetta leaves their rural idyll and returns to Paris and into the arms of another.
Shadowing Violetta is the disease that so often afflicted morally questionable 19th-century women: consumption.
La Traviata contains some of Verdi’s most beautiful and memorable music. The score encompasses an astonishing range of moods and emotions, from Alfredo’s aristocratic charms to Violetta’s vivid effervescence, perfectly captured in her toast to life and free will Libiamo ne’ licit calici (let’s drink from the joyful cups) and Sempre libera (always free) - a vocal showpiece to rival any other.
“Opera is sometimes seen as being out of reach but this performance will bring world class opera talent to local audiences in a way that makes opera more accessible than ever,” Alexej Ignatow, producer for Amande Concerts Ltd, said.
“For many, seeing an opera is a wonderful and profound experience and one they are keen to repeat. I hope that this performance will encourage many more people to try opera and discover the magic it creates.”
Tickets for La Traviata at the Crewe Lyceum Theatre on Friday, September 11 are on-sale now via the box office or online at crewelyceum.co.uk.