June 5 – 15th, 2003.
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Greg Hocking
Director: Blair Edgar
A new production of Verdi’s moving drama of passion and doomed love, La Traviata, at one of Melbourne’s finest opera venues, the historic and intimate Athenaeum Theatre.
With many of Australia’s finest artists led by Helen Noonan, this glamorous new production was set in the dazzling demi-monde of the Paris of the 1920’s. Verdi’s brilliant score contains some of the most famous and moving music in all opera as the Italian master traces the downfall of the fascinating courtesan Violetta just as she has love within her grasp.
Australian conductor Greg Hocking, whose previous credits include performances of Nabucco and Turandot in Europe in 2002, as well as the acclaimed Melbourne production of Tosca, directs the Melbourne Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Directed by Blair Edgar with elegant design by talented young Melburnian Gareth Blaha, and costumes by Silvia Scodellaro. Music and theatre lovers loved this splendid new production of one of the great masterpieces of the operatic canon.
Violetta Valery — Helen Noonan, Felicity Baldock & Polina Volfson