Exciting news for the most famous opera by Opera Australia: $2 tickets!
To celebrate Opera Australia‘s 200th performance of the most performed opera in the world, La Traviata, they are offering 200 tickets for sale for a mere 200 cents (that’s $2, if you don’t know). Get excited!
Verdi’s La Traviata has continued to attract huge audiences since it was written in 1852 and this season Opera Australia will kick it of again when it opens on Friday 3 February at the world famous Sydney Opera House.
The first production staged at the Opera House in 1978 set a very high bar for those that followed. Then, in the starring role of Violetta was a young soprano by the name of Kiri Te Kanawa, who was in the midst of taking the world by storm but before she became a Dame. Conducting was the legendary Maestro Richard Bonynge and the production was produced by long-time OA collaborator John Copley.
Performing in his first production of La Traviata as Giuseppe was young Australian tenor Graeme Macfarlane who is currently performing in La Boheme? on the same stage as the one he took to 39 years ago. It’s going to be a trip down memory lane for many, audience members and performers combined.
La Traviata is undoubtedly the world’s most popular opera. It includes the show-stopping aria ‘Sempre libera’, which vies with ‘Nessun dorma’ for highest ranking in classical top-tens as well as the famous drinking song, the ‘Brindisi’. Here’s a snippet of the famous ‘Siempre libera’…
It’s also famous for it’s starring role in the hit film Pretty Woman, when Richard Gere took Julia Roberts to her first opera, La Traviata is the quintessential operatic tragedy.
This season’s production by Elijah Moshinsky is one of Opera Australia’s most successful, featuring opulent party scenes in Paris and beautiful autumn afternoons in the countryside.
Lavishly decorated sets and exquisite costumes along with Verdi’s famous, hummable tunes combine to create the perfect production for those wanting to experience opera for the first time. It’s going to be one for the memory pages.
Opera Australia are putting 200 tickets on sale for the Thursday 23rd February performance of La Traviata on for an unbelievable 200 cents each. Tickets go on sale from the Sydney Opera House Box Office or The Opera Centre Surry Hills at 9:30am on Wednesday 8th February. Maximum 2 per person, until sold out.
To reiterate, you can only score these at the Box Office or the OA office in Surry Hills!
Images: Keith Saunders
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