Placido Domingo’s performance in Verdi's opera «La Traviata»



Location: «Astana Opera» Theatre

Date: August 1, August 3

Time: 19:00

Duration: 2 hours 50 minutes (2 intermissions)

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The opera «La Traviata» is the work of an outstanding Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.

The plot of La Traviata was borrowed from the La dame aux camélias novel by Alexandre Dumas fils. The author of the libretto is Francesco Maria Piave.

Verdi’s heroine is a woman, rejected by the society; the composer highlighted it in the title of his opera («La Traviata» – from Italian – «the fallen woman»). Verdi showed the noble heart and the inner beauty of Violetta, her superiority not only over the light-minded surroundings, but also over the virtuous representative of the society Georgio Germont, Alfred’s father.

Deep sympathy for the victim of social inequity, ruthless criticism of the hypocritical morals and reflection it on stage violated the established tradition and became the main reason of the opera’s failure on the premiere performance at the La Fenice Theatre on 6 March 1853.

But Verdi strongly believed in the success of his opera. A year later, La Traviata was performed at the Teatro San Benedetto in Venice; artists were wearing more familiar to the audience 18th century costumes and the opera got a great acclaim from the public. Thus, the opera’s triumphal parade throughout the world’s theatres began.

The part of Violetta became favorite for all divas of all generations: Adelina Patti (1843-1919), Roza Ponselle (1897-1981), Renata Tebaldi (1922-2004), Maria Callas (1923-1977), Joan Satherland (1926-2010), Montserrat Caballé, Teresa Stratas, as well as the stars of Kazakh operatic art: Roza Jamanova (1928-2013), Bibigul Tulegenova, Nurzhamal Ussenbayeva, Maira Mukhamedkyzy,Zhannat Baktay, Zhamilya Baspakova and others.

Director – Natalya Kagadiy.



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