La Traviata - Bloomsbury Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
OperaUK’s touring production of La Traviata will visit Bloomsbury Theatre on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, its only London date.
Opera UK’s production of Verdi’s powerful love story is set in Hitler’s Germany in 1938, where the tragic courtesan Violetta is the mistress of a Nazi Officer until she embarks on a doomed love affair with the young Alfredo.
Direct and simple storytelling are at the centre of the production.
The cast includes Alison Guill (Carlotta in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, Opera North, Cosi fan Tutte, OperaUK) as Violetta; and Christopher Diffey (Rodolfo in Opera Uplcose’s award-winning La Bohème, Paris in the Merry Opera’s La Belle Héléne) as Alfredo.
They are joined by Rachel Farr (as Flora), John Lofthouse (Baron), Dario Dugandzic (Marquis and Doctor), Glenn Tweedie (Gaston and Servant Joseph), Jacqueline White (Annina), Adam Miller (Germont), Susanne Dymott (Guest) and Daniel Norris (Waiter).
The musicians are Nicholas Allen (‘cello) Elisa Bergenson (viola) Neil McTaggart (violin) Niall Webb (woodwind) and Stephen Hose (piano).
La Traviata is adapted and directed by Jane McCulloch, whose previous work as a librettist includes BBC1’s The People’s Passion featuring Jessye Norman and Sir Thomas Allen and OperaUK’s The Merry Widow. She has also written three musicals, a new children’s opera and over 30 new works for the English Chamber Theatre, which she founded in 1985 and for whom she has directed stars including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Derek Jacobi, Timothy West and Fenella Fielding.
Michael O’Connor, who won an Oscar for his costumes for The Duchess in 2009 and received an Oscar nomination last year for Jane Eyre, is the design consultant. Wardrobe is by Hilary Roberts and lighting by Simon Dixon.
Tickets: £25, £20 concession, £17.50 (UCL staff and students) – available from the box office on 020 7388 8822.
The tour will also visit the Palace Theatre Newark (April 6), the Garrick Theatre, Lichfield (April 20), the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (May 8 and 9), Buxton Opera House (May 16) and the Hall for Cornwall, Truro (July 4). Further dates have yet to be confirmed.