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Amongst the most popular of Verdi's operas, La traviata is the work of a master of the musical drama. Its perfumed arias and soaring choruses vividly depict the ravishingly decadent but glamorous world of Parisian high society as the background to a heart rending story of romantic happiness destroyed. Original book called La Dame aux Camelias
. In the cultural melting-pot of East London's galleries, clubs and cafe's, burlesque artiste Violetta is the reigning queen, adored by everyone from barristers to baristas. But she's hiding a fearful secret. When she unexpectedly and unconditionally falls for young City trader Al, neither has any idea where it might lead. Especially since Al harbours a secret too...Performers Robin Bailey (Alfredo), Oliver Brignall (Gaston), Paloma Bruce (ensemble/Violetta cover), Claire Egan (Violetta), Kristin Finnigan (Flora), Marcin Gesla (Baron), Anna Jeru-Kope (Violetta), Marcin Kope (Baron), Joe Morgan (Alfredo), Gemma Morsley (Flora), Matthew Quirk (Germont), Stephen John Svanholm (Germont), Glenn Tweedie (Gaston).
Music Verdi. Lyrics Francesco Maria Piave. Book by Dumas. Translation Kit Hesketh-Harvey. Adapted by Kit Hesketh-Harvey. Company The Merry Opera Company. Director Kit Hesketh-Harvey. Design James Perkins. Lighting Derek Carlyle. Costume Fi Russell. Musical Director Stephen Hose.
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