Richard Eyre’s beautiful production provides the perfect setting for Verdi’s opera about a courtesan who sacrifices all for love.
Alfredo Germont and the courtesan Violetta Valéry fall in love at a party in Violetta's Paris salon. Alfredo is determined to cure Violetta of her tuberculosis, and the couple leave Paris and begin a contented life in the country. But Violetta's happiness is destroyed when Alfredo's father Giorgio Germont pays her a visit.
Violetta’s scandalous relationship with Alfredo is jeopardizing Giorgio Germont’s daughter’s engagement, and Germont persuades Violetta to leave his son. Heartbroken, Violetta promises not to tell Alfredo why. Alfredo is stunned when Violetta disappears, and decides she must have left him from self-interest. He confronts her at a Paris party and leaves her. Only when Violetta is dying does he learn the truth.
Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Libreto: Francesco Maria Piave
Director: Richard Eyre
Set design: Bob Crowley
Music director: Antonello Manacorda
Violetta Valéry - Ermonela Jaho
Alfredo Germont - Charles Castronovo
Giorgio Germont - Plácido Domingo
Annina Pamela - Helen Stephen
Flora Bervoix - Aigul Akhmetshina