Following the acclaimed productions of previous years, the St. Moritz-Engadin Opera Festival is for the second time devoted to Giuseppe Verdi. At almost 6,000 ft. a.s.l. on the “roof of Europe” we present La Traviata.
Allow yourself be spellbound by a bittersweet, tragic love story which combines themes of morals, conventions and the liberating of the power of love - and enjoy a vivid, memorable operatic experience. You can look forward to a captivating production by the tradition-rich Szeged Opera Ensemble from Hungary, under the artistic direction of Jan Schultsz, and to a very promising mixture of opera and ballet. Experience the moments of passion in a gripping production.
Three distinctive features make our opera festival unique: Enjoyment without barriers: The spectators are in immediate proximity to and become involved in the action, thus enjoying opera brought to life. /// Passion of great intensity: Chosen works exuding emotional power allow an enthusiastic appreciation
of operatic art. /// Life’s pleasures of the highest quality: Well-known artists from all over the world and a notable flair for stage settings are a guarantee of incomparable opera high points.
All performances in the Embassy Ballroom at Badrutt`s Palace, St. Moritz. Prices: Prices include drinks during the first interval (soft drinks and wine). Loge: CHF 170, 1. Rang: CHF 130, 2. Rang: CHF 90 /// Tickets available from St. Moritz Tourist Office, Tel: +41 81 83733-01
Engadin Tourist Office, Tel: +41 81 84265-73, Fax: 84265-25
“La Traviata” - A captivating, bittersweet love story
La Traviata (“The Fallen Woman”) is one of Verdi`s most important operas and, owing to its famous drinking songs, also one of his most popular. The agonizing confrontation between love and morality is touching and gets under the skin - even today, as in 1853 when the opera was first performed in Venice.
La Traviata, based on Alexandre Dumas’ “The Lady of the Camelias” (1848)
grips its audience through the explosive nature of social and inner conflicts. On one hand is the once-pursued courtesan of the Paris salon scene, on the other the constraining demands of middle-class morality. Here, the embodiment of love for sale; there, the pain of true feeling. Violetta changes from being the prostitute of aristrocrats to become the self-sacrificing woman in love. Submitting herself to conventional attitudes, she renounces her loved one, Alfredo, and suffers a tragic end.