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BrumHour saw La traviata at the invite of Birmingham Hippodrome with Welsh National Opera.
For Brum Radio’s Interval Theatre Stacey Alleaume from Opera Australia spoke about her guest leading role in Welsh National Opera’s La traviata. Listen below:
By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Review: La traviata at Birmingham Hippodrome
by Giuseppe Verdi, revival directed by Sarah Crisp, original director David McVicar
Violetta (Stacey Alleaume) is hosting a party in Paris where she meets Alfredo Germont (David Junghoon Kim) who is already love-struck by her. However, his father Giorgio (Mark S Doss) finds Violetta to be unsuitable for his son and is apparently damaging the reputation of the Germont family.
This lavish looking production features stunning vocals from the leads and there are some great chorus moments from the broader Welsh National Opera company, but this is Stacey Alleaume‘s story to steal and she does so so beautifully.
I loved the costumes which evoke a long forgotten era and the monochrome colours of the set which are in strong contrast to each other at different moments in the story.
The international feeling that seeing opera evokes is further reinforced by the French setting and Italian lyrics, but the cast themselves all have international roots which makes me feel part of a global village. A wonderful feeling. The audience is pretty friendly at the Opera even though they are very aware of it being EXTRA cultured. They had nothing but lovely things to say about this production after the show on my train home.
The story itself is broken down into four sections each lasting about thirty minutes, plus there are two intervals which make up the two hours and forty-five minutes running time for each performance.
Seeing live opera is always such a privilege and certainly did appreciate getting a chance to see this production on the huge stage at Birmingham Hippodrome.
Stunningly told, La traviata is at Birmingham Hippodrome until 11th November 2023. Discover what is coming up at Birmingham Hippodrome here: birminghamhippodrome.com/whats-on.. Find out more about Welsh National Opera at wno.org.uk.