|La Traviata: the 2018 operatic highlight marking Astra's 50th anniversary celebrations|
Love knocks unbidden: the result is La Traviata!
Gabriele D'Annunzio's telegraphic phrase about Verdi, "colui che pianse ed amÃ² per tutti" (he wept and loved for all), sums up in a nutshell the Maestro's genius and flair. D'Annunzio's telling phrase, himself no newcomer to love and tears, says it all about La Traviata. Perhaps in no other of his operas as in the magnetic La Traviata does Verdi concentrate the essence of his genius as a supreme interpreter of the human condition in all its strengths and weaknesses. Making full use of his dramatic prowess and intuitive sense of irony, Verdi's immortal score plumbs the depths of waywardness and redemption through love. Yet, there is no escaping the terrible truth that there is no redemption without the shedding of blood, be it physical or spiritual. La Traviata rises phoenix-like from the smouldering ashes of sacrificial love as a perennial testimony to the unequalled strength of the "weaker" sex. Indeed, nothing can stand in the way of the wilting Violet! It is not by chance that the tragic heroine's name is Violetta but by design. And what a design! No head is more beautiful as that which is bowed down. No wonder that Verdi lavished some of his most glorious music on Enrico Maria Piave's libretto based on Alexander Dumas play La Dame aux Camelias. Indeed, not only Violetta can be easily placed alongside the towering heroines of classic tragedies of all time, but the whole opera enjoys an undisputed pride of place, among Verdi's prolific output and in the wider world of Italian opera.
La Traviata is timeless.
The management is going the extra mile to ensure a memorable La Traviata. Enrico Stinchelli will be laying on an entirely new production specifically designed for the Teatru Astra boards under the musical direction of Joseph Vella.
La Traviata, the flagship of Festival Mediterranea 2018 will be performed on the 25th and 27th October 2018. The opera is supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Programme.
Online booking is available on www.teatruastra.org.mt.