La Traviata – Concert Highlights

Giuseppe Verdi’s most popular opera set under the stars, crowned in fireworks

Giuseppe Verdi’s most popular opera, La Traviata comes to Darwin’s Skycity Mindel Beach for one night of romance, passion and tragedy. Acclaimed international director Hugh Halliday works with some of Australia’s most impressive and captivating singers to present key arias including: Libiamo, Un di felice,eterea, Sempre Libera, De’miei bollenti spiriti, Di provenza il mar and Parigi o cara.

La Traviata tells the tale of Violetta, a fallen woman who finally finds love in Alfredo. For Violetta love has been bought and sold, but now it is a gift of the heart. Only too soon however she is requested to refrain from seeing her true love by Alfredo’s father. Torn and broken, she turns her back on true love and succumbs to tuberculosis with Alfredo left to carry her memory, alone.

‘As an opera singer myself, performing sometimes in front of thousands of people, I know what it is to hold audiences in a state of rapture and joy. This program handpicks the key moments from the opera and sets them under the stars with fireworks – this truly will be a spectacular night,’ says Hao Zhou, Producer - 3CT.

La Traviata is based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas Fils entitled, La Dame aux Camelias (1848) that tells of his real life lover, Marie Duplessis. La Traviata literally means The Woman Who Strayed or The Fallen One.

Experienced director, Hugh Halliday, brings this production to life. Hugh Halliday’s career has spanned nearly five decades and has included opera, music theatre, cabaret, special events and gala spectaculars. Hugh has directed for Melbourne Opera Company, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, Stonnington Opera in the Park and the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Katia Pronin plays Violetta. Katia has been trained in piano and voice in St Petersburg, Italy and Germany. Her professional experience has seen her perform in Poland, Russia, the United States and across Australia.

Gaetano Bonfante plays Alfredo. Gaetano has performed both nationally and internationally with critics in Australia and overseas calling him the next Andrea Bocelli. As a tenor soloist he recently sang with the Victorian Opera and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the concert version of Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman).

Lucas De Jong plays Father Gemont. As a principal baritone Lucas has worked intensively both in Australia and Europe. His repertoire includes Dr Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Zurga in The Pearlfishers, Frédéric in Lakmé, Roucher in Andrea Chenier (Opera Australia)

‘Audiences will experience the full gamut of emotion in this night of opera. They will be captivated by the love between Violetta and Alfredo, incensed by Alfredo’s father, struck by Violetta’s decision to leave and ultimately heartbroken by her death. This evening is an opportunity to be introduced or reunited with the work of Giuseppe Verdi for all its passion, turmoil and emotion,’ says Hao.

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