Scottish Opera La traviata (Revival)

Scottish Opera La traviata (Revival)

Empire Theatre

Revival of the 2008 co-production with Welsh National Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu & Teatro Real, Madrid

Passionate, flamboyant, gripping: Sir David McVicar's La traviata has been in high demand worldwide since its Scottish Opera premiere in 2008. Set in the demi-monde of 1880s Paris, this stunning show is designed with sumptuous period style by Tanya McCallin. With his characteristic eye for detail, McVicar's production gets to the core of Violetta and Alfredo's doomed love affair - finding a heartbreakingly human story in the midst of a hedonistic world where both the rich and the wretched have their fun.

There are moments in many Traviatas when losing yourself in the music is the only option, because the plot doesn't seem worthy of attention. Not here: this is a storytelling that captivates just as much as the score.  THE HERALD 2008

Verdi's magnificent score sweeps the characters through their every shifting mood - from the wildly dramatic to the most tender of moments. Russian-Dutch soprano Gulnara Shafigullina, recently Violetta at the Mariinsky, and Anush Hovhannisyan, representing Armenia at Cardiff Singer of the World 2017, head a cast of international talent also including multi-award-winning Dutch tenor Peter Gijsbertsen and British baritone Stephen Gadd (Le Villi 2017). David Parry (Carmen 2016) conducts.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Original production supported by Dunard Fund.

Conductors David Parry & Dane Lam (7, 23, 28, 30 Nov)
Original Director Sir David McVicar
Revival Director Marie Lambert
Set & Costume Designer Tanya McCallin
Original Lighting Designer Jennifer Tipton
Original Choreographer Andrew George

Opera Unwrapped

Whether you're new to opera or an old hand, you can find out more at Opera Unwrapped - an hour-long taster that gives an insight into La traviata and Eugene Onegin and how they are created. Presented from the stage at each venue, our Unwrapped events involve singers, back-stage crew and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. You'll hear highlights from the music and find out more about the props, costumes, lighting and direction, as well as some back-stage secrets. Tickets are just £5 - come along and find out more!

Free tickets available for secondary school groups. Call our Education team on 0141 332 9559 to book.

FRI 10 NOV | 18.00-19.00
Empire Theatre

SAT 11 NOV | 18.00-19.00
The MacLean Room
Free But Ticketed 


This event has the following performances:

7 November 2017
9 November 2017
11 November 2017

Seat prices:

£56.00 / £46.00 / £39.00 / £25.00 / UNWRAPPED PERFORMANCE £5.00


Additional information

Marie Lambert (Revival Director)

Access Information

Touch Tours:
SAT 11 NOV 18.00
Audio Description:
The Performance on Sat 11 November will be Audio-Described

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