'...this is world-class opera': Rodula Gaitanou's captivating La Traviata at Opera Holland Park

11 June 2021

Originally performed in 2018, Rodula Gaitanou's La Traviata has triumphed once again at Opera Holland Park:

“Rodula Gaitanou’s revival of her successful 2018 La Traviata surpasses the original... In 2018, Opera Holland Park enjoyed a major success with Rodula Gaitanou’s minutely observed period staging of Verdi’s classic La Traviata... Gaitanou delineates the society in which thoughtful, sentient courtesan Violetta lives and dies with pinpoint precision... As with Holland Park’s 2019 double bill of Il segreto di Susanna and Iolanta, this is world-class opera.”

George Hall, The Stage*****

“Rodula Gaitanou's production roars back with splendid singing and emotional conviction... Gaitanou lays a light but skilful hand on a work that, even in non-pandemic times, needs no fancy manipulation from concept merchants impatient of its power and fame... Gaitanou makes the most of the almost panoramic vistas and racetrack lengths the long, shallow set permits her.”

Boyd Tonkin, The Arts Desk*****

Performances run until 29th June.

Photo credit: Ali Wright

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