The worlds most influential opera, La Traviata, is coming to Adelaide

Its influences on pop culture can be seen in movies, music and fashion and now the iconic opera is coming to Adelaide for a limited season.

Pictured: Lauren Fagan

She’s the ‘it’ girl of Paris. Impulsive, passionate and dominant – the ultimate party girl. Violetta Valery is a courtesan of 1840s France and it’s her tale of forbidden love that is depicted in the world-famous La Traviata – an opera that contains some of the greatest arias and scenes ever composed.

The most performed opera of all time, La Traviata is making its way to Adelaide for a limited season opening next week, and will whisk viewers away to the streets of the French capital as you delve into the calamitous life of Violetta. And while you may think you don’t know the tragic tale, you might be surprised.

First penned by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1853, La Traviata has been used as inspiration for some of the most prevalent movies, songs and even fashion that have dominated pop culture over the past century.

Hollywood hits such as Pretty Woman and Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge have a clear connection to the captivating operatic drama with both protagonists displaying uncanny similarities to Violetta and her struggles. In the scene where Edward and Vivienne go to the opera, have you ever wondered what show they’re seeing? You better believe it La Traviata.

Giuseppe Verdi’s songs are also featured in many movies and ads including the Aussie classic, Priscilla – Queen of the Desert, which saw Felicia dressed in drag, standing atop a bus driving through the desert while miming ‘Sempre Libera (Free Forever)’ from La Traviata – arguably one of the most iconic scenes in Australian film history.

Once you know the story of La Traviata you’ll begin to notice its presence in many of your favourite tales and sitting through the three-part performance, you’ll be amazed by how familiar the music sounds.

State Opera’s new production of La Traviata, is co-created with Opera Queensland and West Australian Opera and has been directed by award-winning theatre and opera director Sarah Giles and features stunning designs by Charles Davis.

This new performance also features the mega international star, Australia’s own Lauren Fagan in her operatic debut in her home country.

“To perform opera for the first time in my home country is incredibly special.  To do it performing Violetta is a dream come true,” she said.

“Verdi’s writing is vocally and emotionally all-encompassing and requires a commitment and journey, unlike any other role I’ve performed to date.  Although Violetta is an absolute pleasure to perform, it is definitely not for the faint-hearted.  No matter how many times I perform her, I have to admit I always get a little nervous – it is an epic role.”

Don’t miss the pinnacle of opera because while you may know the story and the music, nothing ever compares to the original.


Thursday 25 August, 7:30pm

Saturday 27 August, 7:30pm

Tuesday 30 August, 7:30pm

Thursday 1 September, 7:30pm

Saturday 3 September, 7:30pm

Location: Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St, Adelaide SA 5000

Ticket costs: Premium: $185, A Reserve: $145, B Reserve: $115, C Reserve: $75, 

Concession: $67.50, Under 30: $30

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