Giuseppe Verdi

La traviata

Conductor: Lukas Karytinos
Director-sets: Konstantinos Rigos

27, 28, 30, 31 July 2019

Within the framework of the Athens Festival

Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Starts at: 21.00

With the GNO Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists

Major donor 

Greek National Opera’s second summer production for 2019 is Giuseppe Verdi’s highly popular work, La Traviata, which will be presented for the first time at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

The unlucky love of “The Lady of the Camelliasfor Alfredo Germont, as perceived and set to music by Giuseppe Verdi through uniquely powerful melodies indelibly etched in the heart and mind, will come to life in a new production directed by Konstantinos Rigos.

La Traviata will be the operatic debut of the director, choreographer and Greek National Opera’s Ballet Director, Konstantinos Rigos. Over his long career, apart from his choreographies, he has successfully directed large scale theatre performances such as Bossa Nova, Titanic, Red Lights and Wind (at the National Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, and great musical productions, like Cabaret, Rocky Horror Show, Erotokritos etc.

Rigos will attempt a time travel, starting from Violetta Valéry’s Parisian 18th century residence to today’s cruel world, where the tragic ending of the story will unfold. In the spirit of Verdi’s compelling music, the direction will focus on the hypocrisy of relationships, the dominant ethics of then and today, the rigidity of social structures, and the heroine’s dramatic love. A psychological profile of Violetta Valéry, from the dawn of love to the darkness of death.

Twenty-one years since his emblematic choreography on The Lady of the Camellias at the Kalamata Dance Festival and the Amore Theatre, Konstantinos Rigos revisits the “famous courtesan of Parisian society”, with whom Alexander Dumas had an affair and for whom he wrote the operatic version of his play.