Yet again, Festival Opera presents a stellar international and local cast. The orchestra is a star in its own right and Festival Opera continues to partner with Project Prima Volta to showcase young talent. This La Traviata will elevate audiences to another place so make this incredible opera part of your Art Deco experience in 2019.
Violetta Valery is a glamorous Parisian courtesan and a prized beauty. But all beauty fades, and knowing this, Violetta fights to protect the one pure thing in her life that could never die. As her suffering intensifies she is forced to live with the pain of her decision. She is one of Verdi’s most noble of heroines and is brought to life by our cover girl the stunning Polish soprano Anna Patalong. New Zealand tenor Shaun Dixon sings Alfredo, evoking the spirit of Pavarotti with whom the tenor had the good fortune to train.
Our young artists train hard before curtain up, and receive critical inspiration and coaching from our professional opera singers. You wouldn't know it when you come along to enjoy the opera, but training and preparation takes place in a disused apple pack house. It's a remarkable feat: the set is built, the rehearsals are directed and the concept comes to life in a space that was never meant to package up opera! Within these walls, our cast and creative team build relationships and share experience and expertise that enables the whole company to deliver excellence. We know, right....from a dis-used apple packing shed, no less!
It's no surprise that varied performance opportunities help young PPV singers to take the stage with confidence. Fundamental to our success is the inclusion of Project Prima Volta singers season after season. To feel confident to take the stage alongside experienced, professional artists, these young singers build their skill through many different performance opportunities - from singing Christmas Carols at the Hawke’s Bay Airport, to performing in a student opera during the Harcourt Hawke's Bay Arts Festival.