Verdi’s operatic masterpiece La Traviata will be staged by a unique collaboration between the North West and Spark Opera companies at the Millennium Forum in August.
Drawing together a cast of international professional singers, live orchestra plus an 80 strong chorus, La Traviata (the Fallen Woman), tells the tragic love story of Violetta and Alfredo through evocative arias and choruses.
The production is being brought to Derry by two opera powerhouses, international soprano Ann Jennings, founder of Donegal based North West Opera and Kate Guelke a young, inspirational directorial talent and founder of Belfast based Spark Opera.
Making high quality, live opera accessible to a regional audience is very much a key aim of both opera companies. The cross-border collaboration has secured funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which has enabled the commissioning of a professional orchestra, international operatic soloists, a full stage production team and the welcome return of Nader Abassi, the internationally acclaimed conductor. Nader, previously of the Cairo Opera, was engaged by North West Opera on their sell-out success Carmen at the An Grianan Theatre.
Also making a welcomed return to the stage for this production alongside leading lady Ann Jennings (Violetta) is internationally acclaimed Welsh tenor Stephen Mullan (Alfredo). Newcomers to include Icelandic baritone Hrólfur Saemundsson who will play the role of Germont, Paul Martin who will play the role of Gaston and Katie Patton who will perform the role of Annina.
La Traviata will be performed on August 7 and 8. The Millenium Forum is offering all tickets for under £20 and an excellent early bird booking deal of 2 tickets for £25.