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LA TRAVIATA

LA TRAVIATA

This is Giuseppe Verdi’s most personal opera. The fate of Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry is a love story that transgressed the social conventions of her time. The composer aimed to show events happening there and then, which were rooted in the double moral standards governing the society: the miserable position of women and the depraving force of money. Consequently, Verdi was greatly inspired by ‘boulevard theatre,’ where plays were informed by everyday life. His second inspiration was the French capital. The source of “La Traviata” is an attack on the moral laissez-faire of Paris. Both the subject and the dramatic tension of the work were ahead of its time, forcing viewers to undergo a katharsis, shattering their peace of mind—consequently, the premiere was a complete flop. However, Verdi’s passionate, moving score secured that “La Traviata” occupied its due place in the history of the genre, and is still performed with success at the greatest scenes of the world.

SYNOPSIS

The opera is set in 19th-century Paris. Towards the end of her short life, young courtesan Violetta Valéry falls in love with the poet Alfredo Germont, who professes his love to her during a ball. However, Alfredo’s father stands in the lovers’ path, worried that his son is about to lose his good reputation. The distraught Violetta, aware of being terminally ill, decides to abandon her beloved for his own good. She dies in solitude and poverty.

PRODUCTION

The dramatic idea behind the performance is based on two contrasting images: group scenes showing carnival processions and games are interspersed with the intimate, private space of the protagonist’s home. Among toasts and celebrations, Violetta is struggling to find moral peace. The opera’s interpretation focuses on the tragedy of the young woman as she prepares for her impending death. The opera’s premiere celebrated the composer’s 200th birthday. This is the first post-war production of “La Traviata” in Poland performed with the use of a cimbasso.


World premiere: 6 III 1853, Gran Teatro La Fenice, Venice
Premiere: 20 XII 2013

The production of the opera was financed from Bialystok City budget
XII 2013
3 hrs 30 min (one 25 min and two 20 min intermissions)
Italian (Polish subtitles)
45–100 PLN
Main Stage
Odeska 1

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Authors

Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave based on the novel “The Lady of the Camellias” by Alexandre Dumas

Creators

Music Director: Michał Klauza
Director, Adaptation: Roberto Skolmowski
Set and Lighting Designer: Paweł Dobrzycki
Choreographer: Maćko Prusak
Choir Director: Violetta Bielecka
Vocal Director: Dariusz Grabowski
Producer: Damian Tanajewski, Anna Jakubowska-Podsiad

Libretto Translation Dorota Sawka
Poster Designer: Paweł Dobrzycki

CREATIVE TEAM

Music Cooperation / II Conductor: Grzegorz Berniak
Assistant Directors: Maria Mitrosz, Radosław Zabłocki
Associate Set Designer: Małgorzata Szostakowska
Assistant Set Designer: Aleksandra Szempruch
Assistant Choreographers: Ewa Zając, Jarosław Sołowianowicz
Pianist-Choir Répétiteur: Monika Bierć
Soloists’ Répétiteur: Tatiana Łojsza, Justyna Jabłońska
Language Consultant: Paola Larini
Literary Manager: Joanna Gdowska
Ballet Accompanist: Grażyna Kuklińska
Sound, Lighting and Multimedia Studio Director: Grzegorz Falkowski
Lighting Technicians: Barbara Jabłonowska, Karol Łobaczewski, Mateusz Łukaszuk
Sound Technicians: Elżbieta Grzybek, Karol Kopeć, Mateusz Roman Pawelec, Krzysztof Wolfard
Multimedia Technicians: Robert Burzyński, Adam Ostaszewski, Adam Puciłowski
Chief Stage Technician: Tomasz Parejko
Stage Technicians: Jarosław Bancerek, Piotr Przygoda
Set Construction Crew: Daniel Bąk, Piotr Bielawski, Artur Chajęcki, Grzegorz Czarnomysy, Dominik Gruszewski, Marcin Korsak, Tomasz Kossakowki, Rafał Mlenko, Łukasz Nieścierewicz, Mariusz Rybaczek, Andrzej Świderski
Konserwator sceny: Paweł Wysocki
Pyrotechnician: Artur Chajęcki
Juggling and Acrobatics Consultant: Barbara Borzymowska, Jarosław Jatel
Masks and Puppets: Małgorzata Kluska, Maciej Luściński
Theatrical Make-up: Monika Żukowska, Marta Lewkowska, Ania Łopatecka, Magdalena Szałaj
Prop Master: Daniel Bąkowski
Wardrobe Supervisor: Barbara Rożko, Tamara Fiedoruk, Teresa Kiejko, Eliza Matejczyk, Grażyna Polak, Marzena Śmietało
Planning Managers: Agnieszka Hryniewicka, Katarzyna Liedke-Charkiewicz

Cast

Violetta Valéry
Agnieszka Dondajewska / Dorota Wójcik / Iwona Sobotka
Flora Bervoix
Joanna Krasuska-Motulewicz / Sylwia Złotkowska
Annina
Karolina Kuklińska / Anna Wolfinger
Alfredo Germont
Rafał Bartmiński / Przemysław Borys / Tomasz Kuk / Sang-Jun Lee
Giorgio Germont
Zenon Kowalski / Ilya Silchukov
Hrabia Gaston de Letoriéres
Przemysław Borys / Mariusz Ruta
Baron Douphol
Krzysztof Caban / Taras Kuzmych / Maciej Nerkowski
Markiz d’Obigny
Wojciech Gierlach / Taras Kuzmych / Grzegorz Szostak
Doktor Grenvil
Wiktor Dudar / Wojciech Gierlach / Grzegorz Szostak
Giuseppe
Tomasz Tracz / Leszek Gaiński
Służący Flory
Krzysztof Drugow / Bogdan Kordy
Nieznajomy
Rafał Supiński
Posłaniec
Roman Chumakin

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir, Children’s Choir and Orchestra

Ensemble

Daniel Bąk
Daniel Bąkowski
Piotr Bielawski
Dominika Błahuszewska
Maciej Borys
Piotr Borys
Zuzanna Borys
Artur Chajęcki
Jagna Charkiewicz
Julia Chren
Beata Citko
Grzegorz Czarnomysy
Karol Czarnowicz
Andrzej Danieluk
Julia Dmochowska
Karina Dudzińska
Weronika Dudzińska
Daniel Gołub
Dominik Gruszewski
Julia Iwaniuk
Łukasz Kopoczyński
Marcin Korsak
Tomasz Kossakowski
Karolina Kudlewska
Patrycja Kozłowska
Zuzanna Kozioł
Monika Leśniewska
Faustyna Maciejczuk
Piotr Mazur
Patryk Misiejuk
Rafał Mlenko
Aleksandra Muszyńska
Łukasz Nieścierewicz
Martyna Nurczyk
Kinga Olszańska
Zuzanna Piszcz
Karolina Prusiel
Marcin Rybaczek
Manuela Stadnicka-Kolendo
Julia Steckiewicz
Paweł Sulewski
Julia Swierkot
Andrzej Świderski
Jakub Szeremeta
Anna Szutkiewicz
Sylwia Szuchalska
Victoria Tekień
Paweł Winkiewicz
Julianna Wityńska
Kamila Wojtkielewicz

Opera Choir
Urszula Bielenia
Iwona Bolesta
Kinga Jaszczołt
Róża Gołowczyc
Ilona Kovalchuk
Michał Kruszewski
Joanna Michniewicz
Marcin Szaciłowski

Puppetry
Andrzej Danieluk
Magdalena Mioduszewska
Piotr Wojciechowski

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