La traviata

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

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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

Marchase D'Obigny
Alex Otterburn*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Doctor Grenvil
James Platt

Catherine Backhouse*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

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

Original Director
Sir David McVicar

Revival Director
Marie Lambert

Set & Costume Designer
Tanya McCallin

Original Lighting Designer
Jennifer Tipton

Original Choreographer
Andrew George


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General booking opens 1 May

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