New production of "La traviata"

This week marks the beginning of rehearsals of "La traviata" - an opera by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. Premieré will take place on  May 5th, 2017 at Vanemuine Theatre, Tartu. The stage director of the production is Anu Lamp, musical director Erki Pehk, set and costume designer Madis Nurms, choreographer Ingmar Jõela and lighting designer Margus Vaigur.

The cast is led by Russian soprano Anna Denisova and South-Korean tenor Alex Kim

Verdi originally wanted to follow Dumas in giving the opera a contemporary setting, but the censors of the time insisted that it be set in the past. It was not until the 1880s that the composer's original wishes were carried out and up-to-date productions were staged. In that spirit, the 2017 production of "La traviata" also has a modern feel to it.

The design is based on the concept of downfall and decay. The sharp angles and brilliant surfaces of the set design form an urban background for the sinister costumes.

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