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La Traviata

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La Traviata
Thu 13 December 2018
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Violetta Valery is kept in luxury by her admirer Baron Douphol. Seemingly recovered from a serious illness, she hosts a glittering party at which she meets and falls in love with Alfredo Germont. The world in which Violetta lives cannot countenance such a love affair and so she abandons her old existence and seeks happiness with Alfredo in the countryside. Soon, however, Alfredo's father Giorgio beseeches Violetta to end the relationship, fearing that Violetta's dubious reputation will jeopardise the wedding of Alfredo's younger sister. In despair, Violetta concedes and writes a farewell letter to Alfredo. At a ball given by her friend Flora Alfredo and Violetta clash: Violetta has taken it upon herself to convince Alfredo that she is in love with Baron Douphol. Alfredo has won a large sum of money at the gambling tables. Overcome by jealousy, he hurls his winnings at Violetta's feet, publicly declaring this to be the "fee" for her "favours". One month later, with Paris in the grip of carnival fever, Violetta is at death's door, having suffered a relapse. Now that his father has revealed the true reasons for her actions, Alfredo hurries back. Violetta forgives Alfredo for his conduct, releases him and dies.

La Traviata was Verdi's only opera to be set among the Parisian middle classes of the day. It is based on the acclaimed novel The Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas fils, which is a critical portrayal of the Parisian demi-monde and charts the story of Marie Duplessis, a noble courtesan who died from consumption in 1847 at the age of 23. While Dumas paid considerable attention to social networks and relationships, Verdi and his librettist Francesco Maria Piave focused entirely on the conflict between Violetta, Alfredo and his father Giorgio. Their drama concerns itself only with internal conflicts and focuses on the three phases in the fortunes of Violetta Valery - love, renunciation and death.

By presenting Violetta's tribulations in the form of a retrospective narrative Götz Friedrich has given his tragedy the atmosphere of a requiem. No sooner has the opera begun than we see the protagonist on her deathbed, surrounded by the dark vastness of the stage, which resembles a gigantic tomb. As the ball begins Violetta, now in ballroom attire, rises from the bed, which has become a divan. Suddenly the doors burst open and in pours the frolicking Parisian crowd, intent on its frivolous entertainment. The flashback begins. Shunning sentimentality and trivial frankness, Friedrich's production reaches deep into the characters, laying bare the inner drama and bringing the gloom and fatalism of the piece to the fore.

Program details

Conductor: Stephan Zilias 
Nikolas Maximilian Nägele (13.09.2018 | 21.09.2018)
Donald Runnicles (13.12.2018 | 16.12.2018)
Director: Götz Friedrich 
Stage-design: Frank Philipp Schlößmann 
Costume-design: Klaus Bruns 
Lighting: Ulrich Niepel 
Chorus Master: Thomas Richter 
Choreographer: Klaus Beelitz 
Violetta Valéry: Elena Tsallagova 
Patrizia Ciofi (13.12.2018 | 16.12.2018)
Alfredo Germont: Pavol Breslik 
Matthew Newlin (13.09.2018 | 21.09.2018 | 27.09.2018)
Marco Ciaponi (13.12.2018 | 16.12.2018)
Giorgio Germont: Markus Brück 
Dong-Hwan Lee (13.09.2018 | 21.09.2018 | 27.09.2018)
Noel Bouley (13.12.2018 | 16.12.2018)
Flora Bervoix: Amber Fasquelle 
Vasilisa Berzhanskaya (21.09.2018 | 27.09.2018)
Annina: Cornelia Kim 
Alexandra Hutton (13.12.2018 | 16.12.2018)
Gaston: Gideon Poppe 
Andrew Dickinson (13.12.2018 | 16.12.2018)
Baron Douphol: Derek Welton 
Seth Carico (27.09.2018)
Stephen Bronk (13.12.2018 | 16.12.2018)
Marquis D'Obigny: Thomas Lehman 
Philipp Jekal (13.12.2018 | 16.12.2018)
Doktor Grenvil: Paull-Anthony Keightley 
Giuseppe: Ya-Chung Huang 
A messenger: Bryan Murray 
A servant: Holger Gerberding 
Chorus: Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin 
Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin 

Deutsche Oper Berlin

The Deutsche Oper Berlin is an opera company located in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, Germany. The resident building is the country's second largest opera house and also home to the Berlin State Ballet.

The company's history goes back to the Deutsches Opernhaus built by the then independent city of Charlottenburg—the "richest town of Prussia"—according to plans designed by Heinrich Seeling from 1911. It opened on November 7, 1912 with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, conducted by Ignatz Waghalter. After the incorporation of Charlottenburg by the 1920 Greater Berlin Act, the name of the resident building was changed to Städtische Oper (Municipal Opera) in 1925.

Deutsches Opernhaus, 1912
With the Nazi Machtergreifung in 1933, the opera was under control of the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Minister Joseph Goebbels had the name changed back to Deutsches Opernhaus, competing with the Berlin State Opera in Mitte controlled by his rival, the Prussian minister-president Hermann Göring. In 1935, the building was remodeled by Paul Baumgarten and the seating reduced from 2300 to 2098. Carl Ebert, the pre-World War II general manager, chose to emigrate from Germany rather than endorse the Nazi view of music, and went on to co-found the Glyndebourne opera festival in England. He was replaced by Max von Schillings, who acceded to enact works of "unalloyed German character". Several artists, like the conductor Fritz Stiedry or the singer Alexander Kipnis followed Ebert into emigration. The opera house was destroyed by a RAF air raid on 23 November 1943. Performances continued at the Admiralspalast in Mitte until 1945. Ebert returned as general manager after the war.

After the war, the company in what was now West Berlin used the nearby building of the Theater des Westens until the opera house was rebuilt. The sober design by Fritz Bornemann was completed on 24 September 1961. The opening production was Mozart's Don Giovanni. The new building opened with the current name.

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