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A remarkable feature of La traviata is the realistic view it takes of the tale of Violetta, who recalls her life as a courtesan in a series of flashbacks as she lies on her deathbed.  It is an exaltation of life itself and of qualities such as generosity, compassion and self-sacrifice which are quashed by the implacable verdict of a class-based society. Alfredo, the stereotype of the ardent, spellbound lover, is a member of that very society.

David McVicar's skilled production enables us to make a contemporary re-reading of the plot and explore the characters' innermost feelings. This grandiose melodrama in a period setting tells how a noble love is sacrificed to the cult of material wealth.

Verdi announces his intention to defy the rules in the delicate and sensitive prelude, written solely for the strings. His tragic heroine Violetta stands naked before an implacable, brutal community for whom the pursuit of pleasure justifies the immolation of an innocent woman on the altar of bourgeois morality.

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Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave based on La dame aux camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils. 
World premiere: Teatro La Fenice 06/03/1853.
First Barcelona performance: 25/10/1855 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Last Liceu performance: 18/07/2015.
Total number of Liceu performances: 251.

  • Approximate running time 2h 50m

Artistic profile

Daniel Montané
Stage director
David McVicar
Marie Lambert
Set design and costumes
Tanya McCallin
Andrew George
Lighting design
Jennifer Tipton
Coreography assistant
Colm Seery
Lighting design assistant
Nicolas Fischtel
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Scottish Opera (Glasgow), Welsh National Opera (Cardiff) and Teatro Real (Madrid)
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia
Musical director assistant
Daniel Montané
Musical assistants
Véronique Werklé, Vanessa García, Rodrigo de Vera, David-Huy Nguyen-Phong and Jaume Tribó


Violetta ValéryPretty Yende
Flora BervoixLaura Vila
AninnaGemma Coma-Alabert
Alfredo GermontDmitry Korchak
Giorgio GermontGiovanni Meoni
Gastone Antonio Lozano
Baró DoupholGerardo Bullón
Marquès d’ObignyTomeu Bibiloni
Doctor GrenvilFelipe Bou

December 2020