5-29 July & 22 October – 4 November, 2022 | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Audiences will be spoiled for choice with two outstanding sopranos cast to perform the lead role of Violetta Valéry in Elijah Moshinsky’s much-loved production of La Traviata that opens at the Sydney Opera House next month.
Homegrown talent, Stacey Alleaume was proclaimed a star when she sang Violetta in the 2021 Handa
Opera on Sydney Harbour production of La Traviata, and last month received more glowing reviews
for her main-stage debut as Violetta at Arts Centre Melbourne. Stacey will star in the production from
5 to 29 July.
Recognised as one the world’s leading opera singers, soprano Irina Lungu will open the second stage
of the Sydney season on 22 October, singing her signature role of Violetta in Australia for the first time,
having sung the role across Europe, the UK and Tokyo, including receiving rave reviews in 2019 at the
Vienna State Opera.
Leading tenor from the Armenian National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, Liparit Avetisyan, will
reprise his 2017 performance of Alfredo Germont, a role he has triumphed in around the world, followed
by Korean tenor Ji-Min Park who will reprise his Alfredo from 2018.
After making his debut earlier this year in Melbourne as Giorgio Germont “with memorable gravitas”,
according to Limelight, Italian baritone Mario Cassi will return to Sydney. Experienced OA principal
baritone Luke Gabbedy will then make his role debut as Giorgio.
Mezzo sopranos Agnes Sarkis and Celeste Haworth will perform Violetta’s rival courtesan, Flora
Bervoix, opposite Alexander Hargreaves and Andrew Moran as Marquis D’Obigny.
A wealth of talented OA singers join them onstage, including Iain Henderson, Alexander Sefton,
Richard Anderson, Danita Weatherstone, Jin Tea Kim, Jonathan McCauley and Malcolm Ede
completing the principal cast.
Celebrated maestro Renato Palumbo will conduct in July, followed by Opera Australia’s esteemed
Head of Music Tahu Matheson in October, leading Opera Australia’s Chorus and Orchestra through
Verdi’s sumptuous melodies.
A tragic love story that inspired pop culture classics Moulin Rouge and Pretty Woman, Verdi’s famous
score includes the show-stopping aria ‘Sempre libera’ and the instantly recognisable drinking song,
‘Brindisi’. Combined with lavish sets and costumes, this production is ideal for audiences to experience
opera for the first time, or for fans to revisit a favourite with a superb cast.
Conductor Renato Palumbo
Tahu Matheson (Oct-Nov)
Director Elijah Moshinksy
Revival Director Constantine Costi
Choreographer Matthew Barclay
Set Designer Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer Peter Hall
Lighting Designer Nigel Levings
Violetta Valéry Stacey Alleaume
Irina Lungu (Oct–Nov)
Alfredo Germont Liparit Avetisyan
Ji-Min Park (Oct-Nov)
Giorgio Germont Mario Cassi
Luke Gabbedy (Oct-Nov)
Flora Bervoix Agnes Sarkis
Celeste Haworth (Oct-Nov)
Gastone Iain Henderson
Baron Douphol Alexander Sefton
Marquis D’Obigny Alexander Hargreaves
Andrew Moran (Oct-Nov)
Doctor Grenvil Richard Anderson
Annina Danita Weatherstone
Guiseppe Jin Tea Kim
Messenger Jonathan McCauley
Servant Malcolm Ede
Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra
Evenings at 7:30pm
July 5, 8, 12, 14, 18, 21, 23 (8pm start), 27, 29 October 22, 26, 28, 31 November 2, 4
Saturday Matinee at 12.00pm July 16
Running time Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes including two intervals
Performed in Italian with English subtitles
Adult tickets from $79 (+$9.80 booking fee)
Opera Australia Box Office
(02) 9318 8200
Joan Sutherland Theatre,
Sydney Opera House
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