Friday, October 19, 2012

REVIEW: La Traviata of Opera Hong Kong

Cultural Centre Grand Theatre, Saturday October 13

How many La Traviata's can one take in a lifetime? I can't remember how many La Traviata's I have seen, though a few did stand out... there was the 1990 Filipino production with American soprano Donna-Zapola Connolly as Violetta (Alfredo was sang by Filipino tenor Nolyn Cabahug) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. What made this version memorable was the fact that aside from the role of Violetta, the rest of the cast sang the opera in Filipino! Italian or Filipino, during that time, really doesn't made much of a difference to me actually :-) This production is also of significance because it was translated and directed by the Philippine National Artist for Theatre and Literature Rolando Tinio and the set was designed by Philippine National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin.

Twelve years and many La Traviata's later, another production that stood out for me was in La Fenice (Venice). During that time, La Fenice was being restored thus the production was shown in Teatro Malibran. While the orchestra led by Marcello Viotti and stage direction by Giancarlo Sepe was fine, the highlight were the performers. Elena Mosuc was Violetta, Marcelo Alvarez was Alfredo and Leo Nucci was Giorgio... they were absolutely fabulous!

In a matter of six months, October 2012 to March 2013, I will in fact see three La Traviata's! This Opera Hong Kong will be the first, the second will be in La Monnaie (Brussels) and the third one will be by the Teatro di San Carlo (Naples) for Hong Kong Arts Festival.

To see my review of Opera Hong Kong's La Traviata for Time-Out Hong Kong, please click here.

Do watch out for my reviews of the other two La Traviata's. As for my question at the beginning... definitely A LOT!
Verdi's La Traviata
An Opera in 3 Acts

Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Based on La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils
A production of Opera Hong Kong
11-14 October 2012 (Thu to Sun) 7:45pm
14 October 2012 (Sun) 2:30pm
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$920, 750, 550, 350*, 150*

Creative Team:
Producer: Warren Mok
Conductor: Brian Schembri
Stage Director: Dieter Kaegi
Set and Costume Designer: William Orlandi
Lighting Designer: Roberto Venturi
Assistant Director: Gerald Stollwitzer
Choreographer: Florence C
Chorus Director: Jimmy Chan

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Opera Hong Kong Chorus

Violetta: Rachelle Durkin* / Corinne Winters^
Alfredo: Gianluca Terranova* / Bruno Ribeiro^
Germont: Silvio Zanon* / Mikael Babajanyan^
Flora: Carol Lin* / Melody Sze^
Annina: Joyce Wong* / Margaret Yim^
Gastone: Oliver Lo* / Alex Tam^
Douphol: Albert Lim
Marchese: Sammy Chien
Doctor Grenvil: Gong Dongjian
Giuseppe: Andrew Chan* / Wong Chi-lok^
Commissioner: Bryan Woo
Servant: Charles Tsang

*11, 13, 14/10 7:45pm ^12/10 7:45pm, 14/10 2:30pm

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