This was my second opera – the last time I was anywher close to opera was tracks from the Drive-By Truckers’ Southern Rock Opera. So, I know nowt – but always keen to try anything.
The staging for production of La Traviata was stark and modernistic but very effectively theatrical. Never having seen La Traviata the plot was new to me but basically consisted of the heroine suffering, suffering some more then just as she said she felt better, dying. Of course, that Joe Green can write a tune.
The discovery for me though was the ‘rising star’ soprano Elizabeth Zharoff. Her acting was magnetic and her voice was exquisite – it was also very easy to watch her for the 2 hour duration. Have a look at this clip – not the same tenor as last night but you’ll get the idea.
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