La traviata

Revival of the 2008 co-production with Welsh National Opera,
Gran Teatre del Liceu & Teatro Real, Madrid

Festival Theatre


Tue 21 Nov to Sat 25 Nov

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Theatre Royal


Tue 28 Nov to Sat 2 Dec

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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? 


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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

Violetta Valéry
Gulnara Shafigullina & Anush Hovhannisyan*
*28 Oct, 7, 23, 28 Nov

Alfredo Germont
Peter Gijsbertsen

Giorgio Germont
Stephen Gadd

Flora Bervoix
Laura Zigmantaite*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Baron Douphol
Simon Thorpe

Christopher Turner

Marchese d'Obigny
Alex Otterburn*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Doctor Grenvil
James Platt

Catherine Backhouse*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Paul Anwyl

Fraser Simpson

Jonathan Sedgwick

Henrik Jessen, Alistair Beattie, Nick Keegan, Claudia Aguero Marino, Meri Bonet, Lucy Burns, Lauren J Wilson

Paul Aitken, Joseph Johnson

David Parry & Dane Lam*
*7, 23, 28, 30 Nov

Original Director
Sir David McVicar

Revival Director
Marie Lambert

Designer - Sets and Costumes
Tanya McCallin

Associate Costume Designer
John Liddell

Original Lighting
Jennifer Tipton

Revival Lighting
Stephen Powles

Original Choreographer
Andrew George

Revival Choreographer
Colm Seery


Theatre Royal Glasgow 
19 • 25 • 28 Oct | 28 • 30 Nov | 2 Dec 7.15pm  
Matinee: 22 Oct 3pm
Dementia Friendly Performance: 24 Oct 3pm

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
2 • 4 Nov 7.15pm

Eden Court, Inverness

7 • 9 • 11 Nov 7.15pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh
15 • 21 • 23 • 25 Nov 7.15pm
Matinee: 19 Nov 3pm
Dementia Friendly Performance: 17 Nov 3pm

Get Closer

Widen your opera experience with a pre-show talk, or try an hour long taster that gives you an insight into our operas and how they are created.

Opera Unwrapped

Thu 26 Oct, 6pm

Fri 3 Nov, 6pm

Fri 10 Nov, 6pm

Thu 16 Nov, 6pm

Pre-show Talk

Sat 28 Oct, 6pm

Sat 4 Nov, 6pm

Sat 11 Nov, 6pm

Sat 25 Nov, 6pm

Tickets for Opera Unwrapped are just £5. Pre-show talks are free but should be reserved by calling the box office at your chosen venue. Find out more.


If you are visually impaired, you can enjoy the full opera experience with live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music. Free touch tours including the set, props and costumes are also available before the show.

Touch Tours

Sat 28 Oct, 6pm

Sat 4 Nov, 6pm

Sat 11 Nov, 6pm

Sun 19 Nov, 1.45pm

Audio Described

Sat 28 Oct, 7.15pm

Sat 4 Nov, 7.15pm

Sat 11 Nov, 7.15pm

Sun 19 Nov, 3pm

Dementia Friendly

Tue 24 Oct, 3pm

Fri 17 Nov, 3pm

Contact the box office at your local venue to book – tickets should be booked at least two weeks in advance. Discounts available. Touch tours only available to audio-description bookers. Guide dogs welcome. Find out more.