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Premiere Schedule Ensemble


Premiere Schedule Ensemble


Premiere Schedule Ensemble

La Traviata

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi

In Italian with German and English surtitles. A co-production between Theater Basel and English National Opera. Recommended ages: 14 and over

In a world of glamour, thrills and the confidence that everything can be bought for money, one woman sticks out – she is the «top prize» in this nightly game of pleasure-seekers, she takes pride of place in dancing on the volcano. However, she is not alone. Death is her constant companion. She is Violetta Valéry, the eponymous heroine of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera «La traviata» – «the woman led astray».

With «La traviata» we continue our series of outstanding Verdi operas. The story of the high class prostitute suffering from tuberculosis who encounters true love in literally the final moments of her life – a love that cannot be allowed due to social conventions and prejudices and ends with one of the most touching deaths in the whole of opera – strikes directly at our hearts. But it is more than compassion that binds us to Violetta, it is also admiration for her courage to take her life into her own hands when the opportunity presents itself.  This is something she has in common with a series of remarkable female characters such as Elektra, Yerma or Mary Page Marlowe, who will accompany us through the 2017/2018 season at Theater Basel.

The American director Daniel Kramer, Artistic Director of English National Opera since autumn 2016, tells the story from Violetta Valéry’s point of view, seeing the overwrought nature of bourgeois society with increasing distance from within the protective cloak of the red light district. The impossibility of the love between Violetta and Alfredo raises timeless questions about the value of life and of love and above all about what we are prepared to sacrifice for these. The musical director is the Titus Engel, who impressed most recently at Theater Basel with Karlheinz Stockhausen’s «Donnerstag aus ‹Licht›».

Presenting Sponsor: IWB

Preisstufe VIII (von 30.– bis 137.–)