Hampstead Garden Opera | Jackson's Lane Theatre | May 2018
Sophie Gilpin’s sparkling new production of Verdi’s masterpiece takes us into a world of extravagant parties and political sex scandals. Drawing inspiration from the era of the ‘swinging sixties’, Violetta is a socialite and ‘it-girl’ and Georgio Germont a politician concerned that his son Alfredo’s affair will jeopardise his leadership campaign.
The opera is sung (In Italian, with English surtitles) by tomorrow’s stars, outstanding young soloists on the threshold of successful careers. It is fully staged, with orchestra.. The intimate surroundings of Jacksons Lane Theatre help the team to reach the very essence of this poignant drama, animating Verdi’s musical evocation of the characters and the emotions which drive them.
Gilpin says “Traviata is Verdi at his best. His extraordinary music perfectly captures the complexities of human emotions; he contrasts romance and joy with emotional brutality and despair. This opera is searingly honest, lacking any sickly sentimentality, and is all the more powerful and beautiful for it.”
Conductor: Sam Evans
Director: Sophie Gilpin
Designer: Anna Bonomelli
Lighting Designer: Tom Turner
Stage Manager: Jessica Dalton
ASM: Becky Thornton
Choreographer: Alice Weber
Violetta: Eleanor Ross/Julia Bachmann
Alfredo: Alex Aldren/Sergio Augusto
Georgio Germont: Lawrence Wallington/Michael Birnbaum
Flora: Emma Muir-Smith/Rachel Duckett
Annina: Carola Darwin
Gastone: WeiHsi Hu/Harry Kersley
Barone Duphol: Jack Naismith
Dr Grenvil: David Booth
Marchese d'Obigney: Aleksi Koponen
Chorus: Esme Bronwen Smith, Emma Charles, Güler Özgencil
"SOPHIE GILPIN'S PRODUCTION... HEIGHTENS THE SENSE OF YOUTHFUL RECKLESSNESS THAT IS A DRIVING FORCE IN THE OPERA"
★★★★ THE STAGE
"GILPIN EXCELS AT DRAWING OUT THE ACTOR WITHIN THE SINGER AND HER COMPOSED YET POSITIVE DIRECTION ACCENTUATES THE EMOTIONS OF THE CHARACTERS"
★★★★ SPY IN THE STALLS