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Throw off the shackles of modesty
La Traviata(or Fallen Woman) is being brought to us once more by BK Opera in North Fitzroy. Playing at the 75 Reid Street Auditorium, Guiseppi Verdi's masterpiece borders between the Romantics and the Verismo style.
Grand opera on an intimate scale, BK Opera is bringing back the scandal and sexuality in this passion driven opera. La Traviata was once described as provocative and immoral. As such it is the perfect material for BK Opera's distinctive brand of dark and intimate design.
Centered around a doomed relationship, Verdi forces us to identify with heartbreak and loss. In La Traviata, the core messages of sacrifice and sorrow are not overshadowed by grand historic or political events.
Giuseppe Verdi - image courtesy of Giovanni Boldini
Even as La Traviata was still being written there was a fear the lack of morality on stage might seduce the audience and women would throw off the shackles of modesty. Even now these characters speak to us on a very fundamental level.
Director Kate Millett brings the story into the modern age endowing each act with a modern twist. By leaving the stage mostly bare, the audience are allowed to focus on the relationships which emerge in this sexually-charged world.
Acclaimed electronic musician Miles Cosmo joins the creative team to allow the classic to collide willingly with the 21st century .BK Opera's resident conductor James Penn returns and leads some of Melbourne's most exciting emerging opera artists in this classic tale.
La Traviata is a heart breaking tale which teaches us love isn't always enough. This 2-hour opera is sung in Italian with English surtitles. This Verdi classic is a great way to introduce yourself or someone you love to the enduring beauty of opera.