National Opera starts new season, “La traviata” opening night in freshly revamped building
A new opera season is due to kick off on October 30, but this is not the only stunt. Bucharest National Opera also has a brand new look, as the building has been recently revamped, with a fresh highly enhanced acoustics auditorium.
The 2014-2015 season will bring Paul Curran’s “La traviata” premiere in the limelight on October 30. Curran has staged the famous Verdi’ s Traviata rejoining world top artists in Bucharest, such as the art director Gary McCann, the 22-year-old conductor and composer Alexander Prior. Famous for his previous momentous settings at the New York Metropolitan Opera, in Venice, Milan, Rome, London or Chicago, Curran is set to blend the new and the old to prove that Traviata story is not behind the times, but, on the contrary, is quite present. According to the director, his enactment is talking about feminism, about the freedom desire in a men’s world, as well as about human natural needs. After Traviata’s opening night on October 30, the next stage plays are due on October 31, November 1 and 2 and December 4. “La fille mal gardee”, by Ferdinand Herold and John Lanchbery, with the famous in Sir Frederick Ashton signing the choreography is another premiere to be staged this year, on December 13.
2014 starts with great opera shows, directed by foreign artists. Verdi’ “Falstaff”, directed by English Graham Vick, artistic manager of Birmingham Opera will take place on February 19, 2015, “Triptic de balet” comes next on April 25, followed by “Classical Symphony” by Serghei Prokofiev with Iuri Possokhov as choreographer, Mozart’s ‘Petite Mort’ signed by choreographer Jiri Kylian and Liszt’s ‘Marguerite and Armand’, with Sir Frederick Ashton signing the choreography. Puccini’s ‘Manon Lescaut”, directed by Jonathan Kent is due on May 23 and “Giselle” ballet staged by Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg on June 6.