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"La traviata" Top 5 Page for this destination Bonn Favorite Tip by Nemorino

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  1. La traviata photo in display case at the opera
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  • 1. La traviata photo in display case at the opera - Bonn
      1. La traviata photo in display case at the opera
    by Nemorino
  • 2. Audience at La traviata in Bonn - Bonn
      2. Audience at La traviata in Bonn
    by Nemorino

Favorite thing: I have seen several different productions of Verdi's La traviata in recent years, including a traditional one in Hamburg, a despairing interpretation in Darmstadt and an amateurish but fun version at Weikersheim.

My favorite is still the classic Axel Corti staging at the Frankfurt Opera, in which Violetta dies not in her bed but on the floor of the second class waiting room in the railroad station in Orléans while she is trying to flee from the Nazis.

The Bonn production, which was staged by Andreas Homoki (who is now General Director of the Komische Oper in Berlin), takes place on a shiny black surface crisscrossed by white lines. Violetta is standing there alone at the beginning of the overture, but soon fifteen men climb up onto the shiny black surface from behind and come towards her. They seem threatening at first, and she obviously feels beleaguered by them, but of course they adore her because she is the most famous (and most expensive) courtesan in Paris.

We don't see anything of Paris in this production, but they are all wearing period costumes from the middle of the 19th century. The only change of scene is that while Violetta is singing her big aria Sempre libera at the end of act one, white flowers start "growing" up through the floor, so by the end of the aria we are in a meadow of white flowers in the countryside, and they can go right on with act 2.

After the intermission some women in evening gowns emerge and pick all those flowers, so the shiny black surface is a Parisian dance floor again.

Second photo: The audience coming back in for the second half of La traviata.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 23, 2011
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