Opera Australia’s most expensive production ever will be hitting Sydney this fall with Handa Opera on Sydney Harbor’s production of La Traviata. The sweeping project, which includes more than 130 performers, 240 Opera Australia staff and 60 volunteers, cost an estimated $11.5 million to produce.
United States director Francesca Zambella takes the helm of this version of La Traviata. Some of the most elite performers in the opera world bring the La Traviata story to life: Australian sopranos Emma Matthews and Rachelle Durkin trade off to play Violetta, and Italian tenor Gianluca Terranova and Korean tenor Ji-Min Park alternate as Alfredo.
Several elements make this production of La Traviata unlike any other previous Opera Australia performances. The design features amazing Mardi-Gras costumes, the largest Chesterfield in the world, a giant chandelier of Swarovski crystal, and a gigantic floating stage. Spectators will also enjoy a brilliant fireworks display. The forty-piece orchestra will provide the music for the event. It is estimated that the seating can accommodate up the three thousand spectators. Spectators will have amazing views of Sydney Harbor and the city skyline.
La Traviata is a tragic romance set in three acts. Tickets are on sale now, and start at $85. Enjoy and don’t forget, Opera has a New Home in Sydney!!