Sempre Opera is staging one of the most popular operas of all time, the heartbreaking, yet beloved classic, Verdi’s La traviata in June 2019. The stage director will be Pierre du Toit and Cape Town based soprano Leah Gunter makes her company and Joburg Theatre debut as Violetta Valery, the worldly courtesan who has all the men of Paris at her feet. She has sworn off true love – until Alfredo walks into her life, loving her passionately. Her life takes a tragic turn when she risks all for a chance at enduring love with Alfredo Germont when Alfredo’s father forces her to abandon his son, to protect his family’s reputation. From the frenzy of Violetta’s pleasure-filled life to her heart-wrenching decision to leave her beloved, Verdi’s treasured opera is a captivating tribute to what it means to live and die for love and gives us one of opera’s most glorious heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.
The opera will be will be fully staged and sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. The professional orchestra will be conducted by the talented and award winning Schalk van der Merwe. La Traviata will open on Saturday, 22 June at the Mandela Theatre with performances on 25, 27, 29 and 30 June 2019.