From September 12 – October 4, Pretty Yende makes her debut as the title role of Verdi’s La Traviata, in a brand new production by Simon Stone at the Palais Garnier. Joining her are Benjamin Bernheim as Alfredo, and Ludovic Tézier and Jean‑François Lapointe sharing the role of Giorgio Germont. Michele Mariotti conducts.
Beginning his opera with a prelude for strings of unprecedented economy of means, in 1853, Verdi affirmed his intention of defying conventions and norms. This is not the least radical aspect of his “Traviata”, which implacably strips bare the violence of a society that promotes worldly pleasures only to sacrifice an innocent woman on the altar of bourgeois morality.
Medici.tv is set to livestream Verdi’s La Traviata from the Opéra de Paris on September 28.