The world’s most influential opera, La Traviata, is coming to Adelaide • Glam Adelaide

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Pictured: Lauren Fagan

She’s the ‘it’ girl of Paris. Impulsive, passionate and dominant – the ultimate party girl. Violetta Valery is a courtesan from 1840s France and it is her story of forbidden love that is portrayed in the famous La Traviata – an opera that contains some of the greatest arias and scenes ever composed.

The most performed opera of all time, La Traviata heads to Adelaide for a limited season opening next week, and will take viewers to the streets of the French capital as you immerse yourself in the calamitous life of Violetta. And even if you think you don’t know the tragic story, you might be surprised.

First written by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1853, La Traviata has been used as the inspiration for some of the most pervasive movies, songs, and even fashions that have dominated pop culture over the past century. .

Hollywood hits such as Pretty Woman and Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge have a clear connection to the captivating drama of the opera, with both leads displaying uncanny similarities to Violetta and her struggles. In the scene where Edward and Vivienne go to the opera, did you ever wonder what show they were seeing? You better believe it La Traviata.

Giuseppe Verdi’s songs are also featured in numerous films and commercials, including the Australian classic, Priscilla – Queen of the Desert, which saw Felicia dressed in drag, standing on top of a bus crossing the desert while miming ‘Sempre Libera (Free Forever)’ by La Traviata – arguably one of the most iconic scenes in Australian film history.

Once you know the story of La Traviata, you’ll begin to notice its presence in many of your favorite tales, and as you watch the three-part performance, you’ll be amazed at how familiar the music sounds.

State Opera’s new production of La Traviata is co-created with Opera Queensland and West Australian Opera and was directed by award-winning theater and opera director Sarah Giles and features stunning creations by Charles Davis.

This new performance also features international megastar, Australian Lauren Fagan, in her operatic debut in her home country.

“Performing an opera for the first time in my home country is incredibly special. To do that while playing Violetta is a dream come true,” she said.

“Verdi’s writing is vocally and emotionally encompassing and requires commitment and travel, unlike any other role I’ve played to date. While Violetta is an absolute pleasure to play, it’s certainly not for the shy ones. No matter how many times I play her, I have to admit that I’m still a little nervous – it’s an epic role.

Don’t miss the pinnacle of opera, because while you may know the story and the music, nothing ever compares to the original.


Thursday, August 25, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday August 27, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday August 30, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 1, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 3, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St, Adelaide SA 5000

Ticket costs: Premium: $185, Reserve A: $145, Reserve B: $115, Reserve C: $75,

Reduced rate: $67.50, under 30: $30

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