La traviata - Teatro La Fenice


La traviata

Giuseppe Verdi
La Fenice Opera House

When Verdi unveiled La traviata as a “subject of our time”, he hoped this salacious tale would receive a performance in modern dress for its première at La Fenice. Instead, the censors introduced a distancing effect by moving the action back to the 1700s, thus reducing the work’s impact as a critique of contemporary life. Robert Carsen’s production acknowledges Verdi’s wish by placing the action in a contemporary setting and providing a contemporary message to boot. Though this interpretation has enjoyed repeated success, first reopening La Fenice in 2004 after it burnt down for the third time in its history, and now in its fourth cycle in ten years, there were aspects of this performance that didn’t always work

The Opera lasts about 2 hours and 55 minutes, including two intervals

English surtitles
La Fenice production


Violetta Valéry
Rosa Feola (10, 14, 17, 22, 24/ 09)
Claudia Pavone (12, 20/ 09 – 5, 7 , 11, 13/ 10)


Alfredo Germont
Piero Pretti (10, 14, 17, 22, 24/ 09)
Giulio Pelligra (12, 20/ 09 – 5, 7 , 11, 13/ 10)

Giorgio Germont
Gabriele Viviani
(10, 14, 17, 22, 24/ 09)
Luca Grassi
(12, 20/ 09 – 5, 7 , 11, 13/ 10)


Flora Valeria Girardello
Gastone Cristiano Olivieri
Barone Douphol Armando Gabba
Marchese d’Obigny Matteo Ferrara
Grenvil Mattia Denti
Annina Valentina Corò


La Fenice Orchestra & Choir
Conductor Stefano Ranzani
Director Robert Carsen
Direction taken by Christophe Gayral
Sets & Costumes Patrick Kinmonth
Choreographer Philippe Giraudeau
Light designers Robert Carsen and Peter Van Praet

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