La Traviata is certainly one of my favourite operas and the ENO really did it justice. With the leading roles of Alfredo and Violetta taken up by two breathtaking singers, with particular emphasis on Alfredo. The story line follows the fanicful and ubiquitous route of nearly all operas with the unlikely tale of love followed up with finishing off at least one of its leading lights at the end. Following this track the opera certainly conveyed the emotion of the story line powerfully, without needing to show the final and inevitable conclsion. The décor on the stage was in two of the three acts limied and effortless, although they made up for this in the first act with the spectavular and overflowing pieces of scenery as well as actors in the gentleman’s house of bawdry and outlandish contemplations. The ENO orchestra certainly elevated this production to the rafters with their prodigous playing.
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