Richard Eyre's much-loved staging of "La traviata" has now celebrated its 150th performance in Covent Garden.
This landmark production of Verdi's great opera is one that Royal Opera House audiences revisit time after time.
Our group attended earlier this year and gave it high praise: "Magnificent! Amazing singing. Pure delight!", "Fabulous production, a glorious evening."
Verdi’s tragic opera of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly brought to life by a world-class cast, set against the indulgent social whirl of 19th-century Paris.
Side slip seats are high and near the stage. Selected before they go on general sale, we obtain better positions and sight lines than are normally available to the public.
A restricted view of the stage BUT all the atmosphere of the evening and, being over the orchestra, the best acoustics.
These tickets are subsidised to allow access to all and thus at under £20 they offer incredible value.
From The Guardian on the Opera House side slip experience: "I pick up on the hidden advantages of this high spot where, if I stood up and stretched, I could almost touch the ceiling. From up here, the epic scale of the building is revealed in all its multi-tiered, maroon-and-gold glory…. "
The performance is sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Running time: 3 hours 15 minutes, including two intervals.
NOTE: We have unrestricted view seats also (click here).
Ticket value: £17
To join this event - £19.50 including meetup / paypal fees.
13 places only.
Places are kept strictly to the seats that I have actually occupied and consider excellent value.
The Guardian's review of the first Covent Garden run:
"Eyre’s vision is affectionately traditional. The Royal Opera needs a Traviata that can withstand regular revival, and this certainly has the feeling of being built to last.
Eyre has gone about his work carefully and intelligently. There is common sense about everything he does with the chorus and with the ways in which he plays the protagonists against each other.
The whole handling of Alfredo and Violetta’s relationship, in the first act, projects all its crosscurrents – its will-she, won’t-she havering – simply and unfalteringly: real people behave like this, and Eyre’s Traviata, above all, is about real people and their personal tragedies."
Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta fall passionately in love. But Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, disapproves of their relationship.
Germont convinces Violetta that she must leave Alfredo, for the family’s sake – not realizing that Violetta is very ill....
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, it is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading composers, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès.
The theatre is also home to The Royal Ballet, one of the great ballet companies of the world. Under the leadership of Director Kevin O’Hare, grand balletic tradition and an illustrious heritage are united with innovation, daring and exceptional standards of artistry, creativity and stagecraft to produce supreme theatre.
Some of the world's most famous singers have performed with the Opera Company, including Plácido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Bryn Terfel, Jonas Kaufmann, Rolando Villazón and Juan Diego Flórez, as well as the late Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland.
The extensive repertory of The Royal Ballet follows a unique trajectory from 19th-century classics to the singular legacy of works by Frederick Ashton and the compelling new canon of work by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.