Sempre libera!

LA TRAVIATA, de Verdi

LA TRAVIATA, de Verdi
Sempre Libera: a Traviata that becomes a song to love and freedom
In keeping with the strong commitment to contribute to the Spanish opera scene, the Castell de Peralada Festival presents a new in-house production, once again with Paco Azorín as director and stage manager after the success achieved in 2015 with Otello by Verdi, awarded best production of the year at the Campoamor Lyric Awards. La Traviata (sempre libera) by Azorín seeks to move away from stereotypes and take a 180-degree turn to see and enjoy this love story from a new perspective: that of a liberated woman. As the director himself explains “the empowerment of women in the early twenty-first century has enabled us to see the world through different eyes, with a much more open, global and integrationist vision.” This Traviata presents the protagonist “as a free woman; a free spirit way beyond a superficial or stereotypical view. A woman who doesn’t need advice or protection to be herself at all times, to enjoy the life she wants to lead and to love Alfredo with complete freedom.” Once again, the festival has brought together a top-flight line-up for the occasion, led by Russian soprano Ekaterina Bakanova, one of the stars of today since she made her début in 2015 at Covent Garden in this role, substituting Sonia Yoncheva five hours before the start of the performance, achieving a resounding success thanks to her dazzling vocal power; the brilliant winner of the Operalia 2011 competition, tenor René Barbera – first prize by the jury and also the audience prize – will play Alfredo in Peralada; and American baritone Quinn Kelsey will play Giorgio Germont, the role in which he made his début at the Royal Opera House in 2016. The Cor Intermezzo returns to the festival alongside the Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu led by conductor Ricardo Frizza.

* With Azorín and Verdi, the Festival is starting a cycle that will continue in next year’s edition
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LA TRAVIATA

(Sempre libera)

Music by Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901)

Libretto by Francesco Maria PIAVE (based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas “La Dame aux Camèlies”)

Premièred on 6 March 1853 at La Fenice

 

Set and stage design, Paco Azorín

ALBERT FAURA, lighting design

CARLOS MARTOS, stage movement

ULISES MÉRIDA, costumes designer 

PEDRO CHAMIZO, video designer

 

CORO INTERMEZZO - COROS A LA CARTA

ORCHESTRA OF THE GRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU

Conductor, Riccardo Frizza

 

Violetta Valery

EKATERINA BAKANOVA

Alfredo Germont

RENÉ BARBERA

Giorgio Germont

QUINN KELSEY

Flora

LAURA VILA

 

A new production by the Castell de Peralada Festival