Sonya Yoncheva reprises her widely praised interpretation of one of opera’s most beloved heroines
Opera lovers are in for a treat when the next production from the current Met: Live in HD season – Giuseppe Verdi’s famous opera La Traviata – releases on the big screen at Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor cinemas nationally from Saturday, 08 April for limited screenings.
Sonya Yoncheva reprises her widely praised interpretation of one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015. Playing opposite her is Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, with Thomas Hampson in one of his most acclaimed Met roles as Alfredo’s protective father, Giorgio Germont.
Sonya Yoncheva has sung Violetta Valéry to critical acclaim at the Met in 2015, as well as with the Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. She made her Met debut in 2013 as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, followed by widely acclaimed company role debuts as Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème and Desdemona in the Met’s 2015 season premiere of Verdi’s Otello. She can be seen later this year as a soloist in the Met’s 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center Gala in May, followed by reprising Mimì at La Scala and Violetta at the Bavarian State Opera. During the Met’s 2017-18 season, she will sing the Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Mimì in La Bohème, and Luisa in Verdi’s Luisa Miller.
“Traviata shines anew at the Met” (Huffington Post), as Sonya Yoncheva “grows into her stardom” (New York Times) as Violetta opposite Michael Fabiano’s “white-hot take” (New York Observer) on Alfredo. San Francisco Opera Music
La Traviata is based on the play La Dame aux Camélias, which was adapted from the novel with the same title written by Alexandre Dumas, known frequently in English as Camille. The opera premiered at La Fenice on March 6, 1853 and received mostly negative reviews due to the casting of soprano Fanny Salvini-Donatelli as Violetta.
At the time, although she was an acclaimed singer, she was considered too old for the role at the age of 38 and too heavy to play a young woman dying of consumption. Following the opening, Verdi rewrote sections of Acts 2 and 3, and re-opened the opera on May 6, 1854 at Teatro San Benedetto in Venice to much greater success, this time starring a much younger coloratura soprano, Maria Spezia-Aldighieri.
Verdi’s opera is the fourth-most-staged work at the Met, with 996 performances to date. The opera premiered during the company’s opening season on November 5, 1883 starring Emily Lablache as Violetta, Victor Capoul as Alfredo, and Giuseppe Del Puente as Giorgio Germont. Many notable Met sopranos have sung the role of Violetta, including Maria Callas, Nellie Melba, Joan Sutherland, and Beverly Sills, with Licia Albanese singing a record number of 87 performances of the role with the company.
Director Nicola Luisotti conducts all performances, including the 11 March matinee performance that was filmed for broadcast to cinemas worldwide, including South Africa, as part of the 11th season of the Met’s Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2000 movie theatres in 71 countries around the world.
Screening times for La Traviata at Nouveau (Rosebank Mall, JHB; Brooklyn Mall, PTA; SK Gateway Commercial, DBN; and V&A Waterfront, CT) and select Ster-Kinekor cinemas are as follows: 08 April at 17:00; 09 April at 14:30; 11 and 19 April at 11:30; and 18 April at 18:00. The running time is 2hrs and 33mins, including an interval.
For more information and to make bookings for La Traviata, part of The Met: Live in HD season, visit www.sterkinekor.com. Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz and on Facebook at Cinema Nouveau. For information, call Ticketline on 0861-Movies (668 437).
Now in its eleventh year, The Met: Live in HD series is screened in cinemas around the world, including exclusive releases at Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor cinemas in South Africa. The Met’s new season presents ten opulent, full-length operas including five new productions, three of which are new to the series. The series has become a global phenomenon with more than 19 million tickets sold since its inception ten years ago.
These grand operas, filmed at the iconic Metropolitan Opera House, feature some of the world’s most talented singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers and dancers.
With these exclusive productions, Nouveau continues to give local audiences the opportunity to witness these spectacular ‘live’ opera productions broadcast on the big screen, in full digital projection, at various sites across South Africa. Past productions have received critical acclaim and gained recognition around the world.
View the Met: Live in HD 2016/17 season trailer here: https://youtu.be/cEG9JfPWXs8?list=RDcEG9JfPWXs8
The Met: Live in HD – 2016-17 Schedule
The final three productions in the current season are Idomeneo by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (24 April), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (20 May), and Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (10 June).