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Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
Ended 24 Jan 2015 after 44 days
Grippingly spare, almost surreal.
The New York Times
Willy Decker's haunting and pared-down revival of Verdi's tragedy sees sopranos Marina Poplavskaya and Marina Rebeka both share the role of Verdi's eternal heroine Violetta at the Met in Willy Decker's inspiring, "grippingly spare, almost surreal" production. Ludovic Tezier sings the baritone role of Germont, Violetta's tormentor. Tenors Stephen Costello and Francesco Demuro both sing the role Alfredo, her naive lover whilst Marco Armiliato conducts.
Violetta, a young and consumptive courtesan is exhausted after years of service, and wants nothing better than to relax and enjoy the time that she has left, free and footloose from men and worries. However, a chance meeting at a party she hosts, with the handsome yet naive Alfredo sees her question her existence and her loneliness without a lover to call her own. She encourages his love.
Some months later they are happily living together outside of Paris in tranquil surroundings, but Violetta is secretly funding their idyllic lifestyle by selling her possessions; horrified by the prospect of being a kept man, Alfredo sets off to Paris to seek fortune. Meanwhile, his elderly father visits their home, determined to split the pair up; his son's relationship with the courtesan is preventing the marriage of his younger daughter. Although Violetta resists his demands at first, he comes to realise her love for Alfredo, but still insists on the break. She relents. Will Alfredo will be able to regain her love for him? Or is she lost to him forever?
Opening night: 11 December 2014
Closing night: 24 January 2015
Suited for ages 12+
Around two hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission
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