Giuseppe Verdi
1813 - 1901

Melodrama in three acts
Text by Francesco Maria Piave
after the play La Dame aux camélias by Alexandre Dumas
First performed March 6th 1853, Teatro La Fenice, Venice

Sung in Italian with German surtitles
Duration: c. 2 hrs and 45 min, incl. one interval

»Giuseppe Verdi wanted to make relevant in his time the prejudice of society against those who chose to live ›differently‹. Can’t we follow his example?«, asked the director Axel Corti, who tackled faschism and the fate of emigrants in many of his films. His production for Oper Frankfurt, which is more than 20 years old, transports the characters into occupied Paris in the 1940s. Alfredo Germont is introduced to the courtesan Violetta Valéry at a party. She tries, in vain, to suppress her feelings for him – she ends her jolly life in the city and moves to the country with him. Alfredo’s father visits her, demanding that she give Alfredo up so that his daughter can make a respectable marriage. She sadly agrees, not wanting to stand in the way of another person’s chance of happiness…. Violetta Valéry is not only a victim of her incurable illness in Corti’s production: her tragedy is the focus of a polarised society.

Sunday 30.12.2012 20:00 h

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Omer Meir Wellber
Axel Corti
Assistant for the Revival
Tobias Heyder
Set Designer
Bert Kistner
Costume Designer
Gaby Frey
Lighting Designer
Olaf Winter
Urs Leicht
David Kern
Chorus Master
Michael Clark

Violetta Valéry
Cristina-Antoaneta Pasaroiu
Alfredo Germont
Francesco Demuro
Giorgio Germont
Jean-François Lapointe
Flora Bervoix
Nina Tarandek
Beau Gibson
Barone Douphol
Franz Mayer
Marchese d'Obigny
Dietrich Volle
Doktor Grenvil
Alfred Reiter
Elizabeth Reiter
Marta Herman *
Un Servo
Young-Shik Kim
Un Commissionario
Walter Jäkel

Chorus and Orchestra
of Oper Frankfurt

* Member of the Opera Studio

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