Violetta, a high-spirited, popular courtesan. Alfredo, her devoted but naive lover. The rural bliss they choose is shattered by fear of scandal. When their love reasserts itself, she is already on her deathbed. Opera’s most moving reunion.
Irish National Opera’s new production stars sopranos Amanda Woodbury and Maire Flavin as Violetta, the young woman who defies convention for the sake of true love. The critically acclaimed cast also includes tenor Mario Chang and baritones Brett Polegato and Anthony Clark Evans. Killian Farrell conducts Verdi’s emotionally charged score, which includes instantly recognisable favourites like “Brindisi” and the hauntingly beautiful “Addio del passato”.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
“With her gleaming, porcelain voice, Woodbury was able to express every emotion Violetta felt as a courtesan who, at first, did not believe in love and then gave in to love’s pain and joy.” My San Antonio, on Amanda Woodbury
“She has a large and flexible voice, with the lightness and clarity of youth but the warmth of passionate love.” Star-Advertiser Review, on Amanda Woodbury
“Máire Flavin, in the title role [of Handel’s Alcina], with the glamour of a film star, handled her fall from regal witchy diva to broken woman affectingly.” The Observer
“Mario Chang, singing Alfredo, is an elegant lyric tenor, and his theatrical poise added much drama to the opera. Chang paused at the perfect moments, offering a moment’s hesitation before toasting with ‘Libiamo ne’ lieti calici’.” Cultural Voice of North Carolina (CVNC)
“as portrayed here by Brett Polegato, the character has rare depth. Polegato’s warm, supple baritone makes this a complete characterisation.”
The Telegraph, on the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
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