Alessandro Talevi's new production of Verdi's great tear-jerker proved an instant hit with audiences in Opera North's Autumn 2014 season, with glamorous costumes and stunning sets evoking the decadence and debauchery of Belle Époque Paris. La traviata now returns for an extended run with Polish soprano Anna Jeruc-Kopec taking the role of Violetta, the 'Fallen Woman' of the title.
Violetta is a courtesan to the rich, whose world of wine, song and reckless pleasure is turned upside down when she falls in love with a young nobleman, Alfredo. Unable to suppress her feelings, she gives up her lavish lifestyle in Paris for a simpler life with him in the country. But when her past threatens his family's honour, she is forced to sacrifice her only chance of real love.