La traviata


Giuseppe Verdi

Opera in four acts 
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave after La Dame aux camèlias by Alexandre Dumas fils
Polish premiere: 27 April 1856, Teatr Wielki, Warsaw
Premiere of this production: 25 February 2010, Polish National Opera, Teatr Wielki, Warsaw
In the original Italian with Polish surtitles

  • Act I

    30 min.

  • Intermission

    25 min.

  • Act II

    40 min.

  • Intermission

    25 min.

  • Act III and IV

    50 min.

Duration: 2 h 50 min.

  • About the production

    The world premiere of La traviata turned out to be a success equal to the premiere of Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s Quo vadis?: Verdi got hot under the collar, the audience did not get the figure of the noble courtesan on stage, the singers sang terribly and most of what could have gone wrong did so. Two years later, slightly air-brushed traviata returned to opera as Violetta, this time to great acclaim. While following the process behind La traviatas creation, let us consider an episode from the early 20th century, when realism in opera performances was advocated. Violetta already from the beginning of the first act is unhealthy, and dies racked by consumption. Meanwhile some of the leading ladies did not fit within the postulate because of their – at times – monumental bearing. The call for realism fizzled out quite rightly, but paradoxically in Treliński’s beautiful staging the leading ladies are exactly what the theorists had once dreamt of. Even an advanced ironist becomes moved while hearing Addio del passato.

  • Credits
    Patrick Fournillier
    Mariusz Treliński
    Set Designer
    Boris Kudlička
    Costume Designer
    Tomasz Ossoliński
    Costume Designer
    Gosia Baczyńska
    Tomasz Jan Wygoda
    Piotr Gruszczyński
    Lighting Designer
    Marc Heinz
    Video Projections
    Darek Błaszczyk / Cókierek
    Chorus Master
    Mirosław Janowski