Revival of the 2008 co-production with Welsh National Opera,
Gran Teatre del Liceu & Teatro Real, Madrid
Passionate, flamboyant, gripping: Sir David McVicar’s La traviata has been in high demand worldwide since its Scottish Opera premiere in 2008. Set in the demi-monde of 1880s Paris, this stunning show is designed with sumptuous period style by Tanya McCallin. With his characteristic eye for detail, McVicar’s production gets to the core of Violetta and Alfredo’s doomed love affair – finding a heart-breakingly human story in the midst of a hedonistic world where both the rich and the wretched have their fun.
'There are moments in many Traviatas when losing yourself in the music becomes the only option, because the plot doesn't seem worthy of attention. Not here: this is storytelling that captivates just as much as the score.' The Herald 2008
Verdi’s magnificent score sweeps the characters through their every shifting mood – from the wildly dramatic to the most tender of moments. Russian-Dutch soprano Gulnara Shafigullina, recently Violetta at the Mariinsky, and Anush Hovhannisyan, representing Armenia at Cardiff Singer of the World 2017, head a cast of international talent also including multi-award-winning Dutch tenor Peter Gijsbertsen and British baritone Stephen Gadd (Le Villi 2017). David Parry (Carmen 2016) conducts.
Sung in Italian
Running time approx. 2 hrs 55 mins
Original production supported by Dunard Fund
The Dementia Friendly performances of this production have been made possible with generous support from the Merchants House of Glasgow and The Trades House of Glasgow (Glasgow performance only) and the Cruach Trust and Nancie Massey Charitable Trust (Edinburgh performance only).
Not sure if opera is for you? Why not come along and try our special one-hour taster of the show, La traviata Unwrapped?
What the press said
'It's the brilliantly detailed, but non-showy, approach to the story-telling that marks out Sir David McVicar’s staging... as a definitive version.
★★★★★ The Herald
'A feast for the eyes as well as the ears...' ★★★★★ The Daily Express
'Bristles with compelling storytelling.' ★★★★ The Scotsman
'sumptuous and enjoyable.' ★★★★ Bachtrack
'A lavish revival.' ★★★★ The Stage
Cast & Creative Team
Dancing La traviataGet a sneak peek behind the scenes in the La traviata rehearsal room, and meet some of the dancers' bringing Verdi's vibrant score to life.
La traviata 2017 trailerA preview of our revival of Sir David McVicar's sumptuous La traviata, touring to Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh throughout Autumn 2017.
Undressing La traviata with Bee Waits for No oneGo behind-the-scenes of our brilliant costume department with Glasgow blogger Claire Stuart from Bee Waits for No One
La traviata 2017: in rehearsalsMeet the principal singers bringing Verdi's heartbreaking tale to life: Gulnara Shafigullina as Violetta and Peter Gijsbertsen as Alfredo.