Giuseppe Verdi

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



""wholeheartedly compelling"
"Gilpin excels at drawing out the actor within the singer and her composed yet positive direction accentuates the emotions of the characters"
"Sophie Gilpin's production... heightens the sense of youthful recklessness that is a driving force in the opera."

©2018 by sophiegilpin.