State Opera South Australia presents
Thursday, 25 August – Saturday 3 September 2022
28 March 2022: State Opera have today announced a brand-new production of one of the world’s most famous operas, La Traviata at Her Majesty’s Theatre later this year.
In a series of firsts, this production has a stellar cast with a number of debuts to mark one of the most passionate and tragic love stories of all times.
Globally renowned and celebrated Australian Soprano, Lauren Fagan will perform Violetta which will also be her Australian Operatic debut.
“To perform opera for the first time in my home country is incredibly special. To do it performing Violetta is a dream come true.
“Verdi’s writing is vocally and emotionally all-encompassing and requires a commitment and journey unlike any other role I’ve performed to date. Although Violetta is an absolute pleasure to perform, it is definitely not for the faint-hearted. No matter how many times I perform her, I have to admit I always get a little nervous – it is an epic role,” she said.
Fagan will be joined on stage by rising star Australian-Chinese tenor and friend, Kang Wang who plays Alfredo. Wang, who is one to watch in opera circles has played Alfredo for Opera Australia and will make his State Opera debut in this new production.
“It’s always a pleasure to sing Verdi roles, but especially Alfredo. I’m drawn to the tragedy of Violetta and her doomed relationship. One can never be tired of the sublime music that Verdi composed,” he said.
They are joined by a supporting cast including international opera star, aussie Baritone James Roser as Germont and local artists such as; Pelham Andrews, Jeremy Tatchell, Mark Oates, James Scott, Cherie Boogaart and Teresa La Rocca, as well as the State Opera ensemble and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Oliver von Dohnányi.
Having captured the hearts and imagination of audiences’ world over since its premiere in Venice in 1853, La Traviata is sure to delight. You will party in the salons of Paris, as the passionate and ultimately tragic tale of forbidden love between the courtesan Violetta, and the down to earth and loveable Alfredo unfolds. Set to Verdi’s score, which undoubtedly contains some of the greatest opera arias and scenes ever composed, audiences will traverse a rollercoaster of emotion as the tragic tale plays out.
Stuart Maunder, Artistic Director of State Opera South Australia said that this thrilling new production by Sarah Giles was collaboration between State Opera, Opera Queensland and West Australian Opera and her directorial debut for State Opera.
“La Traviata is one of the greats and I know that award-winning opera and theatre director Sarah Giles and her design team will produce a visually stunning, moving and unforgettable production,” he said.
Don’t miss a great night out at State Opera’s La Traviata at Her Majesty’s Theatre. The five-show season runs from Thursday, 25 August – Saturday 3 September. Tickets on sale from today.