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Ensemble

Greater Depth

'La Traviata' at Opera North,
reviewed by MIKE WHEELER

 

Opera North's new production of Verdi's La Traviata was traditionally costumed, but this was no by-numbers re-tread of an old favourite, as was clear right at the start (Theatre Royal, Nottingham, UK, 26 November 2014). The fragile upper-string writing of the Prelude, delicately coaxed from the Opera North orchestra by conductor Gianluca Marcianò, was accompanied by a video projection showing, first, the TB bacillus multiplying, then a journey by endoscopy down into the lungs.

As well as confirming what the music was already telling us, it heightened the poignancy of the sudden switch to Violetta's party...

Copyright © 8 December 2014 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

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GIUSEPPE VERDI

LA TRAVIATA

OPERA NORTH

NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL

NOTTINGHAM

UNITED KINGDOM

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Jenna Orkin: Writer Wannabe Seeks Brush With Death - From the heights of greatness (the Juilliard School; musicians Rosalyn Tureck and Nadia Boulanger) via way-ward paths to the depths of wickedness these reminiscences will entertain and enlighten.