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Opera Australia Presents Verdi’s La Traviata @ The Dame Joan Theatre

Rame Lahaj as Alfredo and Lorina Gore as Violetta in Verdi's classic opera LA TRAVIATA
Rame Lahaj as Alfredo and Lorina Gore as Violetta in Verdi’s classic opera LA TRAVIATA

Verdi’s classic tragedy of the ‘fallen woman’, LA TRAVIATA, is enjoying a revival in Sydney via the lush realism of director Elijah Moshinsky’s 1994 version. The motifs of fragility, sacrifice and disintegration emerge from the striking detail of the salon scenes and effectively contrasted desolate locations.

Michael Yeargan’s four highly contrasted sets remain design achievements which are a treat for newcomers and former fans alike. The costuming created by Peter J Hall for both formal party scenes and domestic life complement each striking backdrop.

In the story’s opening party hosted by courtesan Violetta Valéry, we see her return to the social scene after a break to receive treatment for tuberculosis. A shock profession of love from Alfredo Germont, challenges and confuses Violetta. Continue reading Opera Australia Presents Verdi’s La Traviata @ The Dame Joan Theatre

ACO’s HAYDN AND ITALIAN CELLO

Brilliant celloist Giovanni Sollima, a guest of the Australian Chamber Orchestra
Brilliant celloist Giovanni Sollima, a guest of the ACO. Pic Gian Maria Musarra

This was a glorious concert with some extraordinary, ravishing, intimate and exciting playing by special guest artist/composer Giovanni Sollima on cello.

An internationally recognised musician from Palermo, Italy ,Sollima has composed for diverse artists including legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma and 70s punk icon Patti Smith .The ACO themselves, led by Tognetti,  were in fine, athletic form .

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