Venue: ERT Etienne Rousseau Theatre Sasolburg
Time: 10 AM
Date: THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2022 AT 10 AM
Verdi’s La traviata
coming LIVE to the ERT screen
This Autumn, enjoy Verdi’s ever popular La Traviata, broadcast LIVE from Covent Garden to over 800 cinemas, in 18 countries, around the world.
Richard Eyre’s production, with sumptuous belle époque-inspired designs by Bob Crowley, has long been a Royal Opera favourite, winning critical acclaim for its exquisite sets, lavish costumes, and unforgettably dramatic staging. The score – featuring Violetta’s joyous ‘Sempre libera,’ and her poignant and passionate encounters with Alfredo and Germont – contains many of Verdi’s most inspired arias and duets, and, as it moves from the dazzling coloratura of Act I to an intense, heartbreaking close, offers audiences a stunning selection of some of opera’s greatest hits. The work was Eyre’s first for the Royal Opera House, created in 1994 while he was Director of the National Theatre, and has received over 550 performances since its premiere.
The production will be broadcast live as from Wednesday 13 April 2022, and sung by an international cast that includes renowned South African soprano Pretty Yende, celebrated American tenor Stephen Costello and Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias.
The ROH cinema programme launched in 2008 and has, since then, brought world-class opera and ballet to audiences around the world. This year, six major works from our 2021/22 Season are being broadcast to cinemas around the world, offering audiences the best seat in the house for each performance, and including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and rehearsal insights. The programme forms an integral part of our plan to secure our future, expand audiences and help facilitate the vital recovery of cinema domestically and internationally.
Oliver Mears, Director of The Royal Opera, said:
‘Richard Eyre’s beloved production of La Traviata is one of those rare jewels – still working its magic many years after its celebrated premiere. It is an opera embraced by newcomers and aficionados alike and, with a talented cast of singers led by Pretty Yende and Stephen Costello, is the perfect ROH production to enjoy in cinemas this spring.’
The Royal Opera House’s Cinema Season will conclude with a live broadcast of Swan Lake.
Violetta Valéry: Pretty Yende
Alfredo Germont: Stephen Costello
Giorgio Germont: Dimitri Platanias
Annina: Kseniia Nikolaieva
Doctor Grenvil: David Shipley
Flora Bervoix: Angela Simkin
Baron Douphol: Germán E. Alcántara
Gastone de Letorières: Andrés Presno
Marquis D'Obigny: Jeremy White
Chorus: Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
The opera will last approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes, including two intervals.
Tickets must please be booked in advanced by sending a WhatsApp to 0632175147. Tickets are R100 each and after an EFT payment to the ERT bank account, your tickets will reach you via your mobile phone.
ERT banking details:
Bank: FNB (First National Bank)
Account name: Etienne Rousseau Theatre
Branch: Sasolburg (250655)
Please use your name and surname as reference. Thanks.
Seats are unreserved
Maestro Daniel Keet (picture) just returned from La Scala.
He will give an introductory talk on the movie of the London Royal Opera House production of La Traviata on Thursday, 16 June 2022 at 10:00 at the Etienne Rousseau Theatre in Sasolburg, South Africa. The movie will commence just after the talk. Tickets (R100) for the talk and movie can be ordered via WhatsApp at 0632175147
Maestro Daniel Keet studied music in Pretoria, Leipzig and Milan and also obtained a Masters from the Accademia Teatro alla Scala. He currently works as a freelance conductor and opera coach as well as a language and diction coach to singers and language students. He directed his focus toward education and development, to ensure the future of music and related literature with new generations. Current engagements include the Berlin Opera Academy and Leipzig Opera Studio, along with initiating development projects at the ERT (Etienne Rousseau Theatre) in Sasolburg, South Africa. In July 2022, he will return to Berlin for 2 months to coach singers and conduct productions of Die Fledermaus and Hänsel und Gretel at the Berlin Opera Academy.