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2014-05, ROH London, La traviata

La Traviata

Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto : Piave after Dumas fils
Venue and Dates :

Royal Opera House, London
6, 9, 12 (replaced by D. Hvorostovsky), 17, 20 May

Conductor : Dan Ettinger
Production Director :  Richard Eyre
Revival Director : Rodula Gaitanou
Lighting : Jean Kalman
Chorus Master : Renato Balsadonna
Performers:

Violetta Valéry :  Diana Damrau (9 May) / Ailyn Pérez (6, 12, 17, 20 May)
Alfredo Germont : Francesco Demuro ( 9 May) / Stephen Costello (6, 12, 17, 20 May)
Giorgio Germont : Simon Keenlyside
Flora Bervoix : Nadezhda Karyazina
Gaston : David Butt Philip
Baron Douphol : Ashley Riches
Marquis d’Obigny : Charbel Mattar
Doctor Grenvil : Jihoon Kim
Annina: Gaynor Keeble
Giuseppe: Neil Gillespie
Messenger: John Bernays
Servant: Michael Lessiter

Gallery of Curtain call photos

Sound Bites

Mark Ronan, markronan.com, 7.5.14

” … This was magic, the first of four performances by Pérez, Costello and Keenlyside — the last of which will be a live cinema relay. … As his father, Simon Keenlyside was an ideal foil to both these young lovers, firm and controlled at the start of his meeting with Violetta, yet increasingly moved by her plight until, when she reveals her fatal illness, his No, generosa, vivere was sung with immense feeling. …

operatraveller.wordpress.com, 7.5.14

” … Simon Keenlyside was a revelation as Germont père. The sense of line was certainly there and he knew how to negotiate his instrument to ensure that it fully met the requirements of the music. Dramatically he acted the role of the father who had only the interests of his children in mind to perfection. …”

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