SUNDERLAND EMPIRE TO HOST FESTIVAL OF OPULENT OPERA THIS WEEKEND
The love story that gripped Paris takes to the Sunderland Empire stage when Opera and Ballet International present Ellen Kent’s Opera Festival opening with Verdi’s La Traviata on Friday 26 January 2018. Starring the International sopranos Alyona Kistenyova† and Maria HeeJung Kim with highly-praised chorus and full orchestra.
La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La Dame aux Camelias by Alexander Dumas, a tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music.
This operatic version tells the romantic story about the love and life of the courtesan, Violetta. Based on a true story, it tells of the passionate consumptive Violetta and her doomed love for the aristocratic Alfredo. There are many echoes of Verdi’s own life in Traviata and he threw himself into the music. This was also Verdi’s venture into operatic realism as was Rigoletto, rejecting distant historical settings. The highlights include the Brindisi, the best known drinking song in opera, the duet Un Di Felice and the haunting aria Addio Del Passato.
One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly then takes centre stage on Saturday 27 January 2018. Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful Japanese girl, who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant, resulting in heart wrenching drama. This magnificent production boasts beautiful sets and costumes and a large live orchestra. Highlights of the performance include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.
Both productions will be sung in Italian with English surtitles and cast are subject to change.
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