Cast and premieres announced for LA TRAVIATA at the Grand Opera House

Opera of Northern Ireland today announces a trio of leading female actors and creators in the stunning new adaptation of Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic love story from the critically acclaimed national opera company , directed by artistic director Cameron Menzies, which will open at the Grand Opera House, Belfast in September.

In this first casting, rising soprano star Siobhan Stagg (ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, STAATSOPER BERLIN, BAVERISCHE STAATSOPER, HAMBURG STAATSOPER, OPERNHAUS ZURICH) makes her debut in the lead role as courtesan Violetta Valéry. Acclaimed stage and screen choreographer Isabel Baquero (ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, SCOTTISH OPERA, GARSINGTON OPERA, RICHARD EYRE’S ‘LA TRAVIATA’) joins the creative team alongside conductor Rebecca Lang, one most versatile and vivacious cross-over artists of his generation, with distinctions in opera and musical theater (HAMBURG STATE OPERA, THEATER AM POTSDAMER PLATZ, BERLIN; HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE, MELBOURNE; EVITA AND MY FAIR LADY , FLENSBURG). She returns to the company following her huge success with La Bohème and will work with the Ulster Orchestra in their first collaboration with NI Opera since before the pandemic, for this new production.

Alongside the trio of female talent and NI Opera’s reunion with the Ulster Orchestra, the cast of a choir of 24 Northern Irish and Irish artists is announced today. The singers, chosen through a local casting call, will also join NI Opera’s new choir development program and receive training and support, including from renowned Staatsoper Unter den music team member Thomas Victor Johnson. Linden.

Further cast and creation announcements will follow shortly.

Highlights from the announcement include:

  • Rebecca Lang returns to the company after her immense success with La Bohème. Conducting an orchestra at the Grand Opera House will be a significant moment both for Lang and for the history of NI Opera and the venue.

  • Rising soprano Siobhan Stagg makes her debut in the lead role of Violetta Valéry.

  • Isabel Baquero, the renowned choreographer across stage and screen joins the creative team.

  • NI Opera returns to the Grand Opera House and reunites with the Ulster Orchestra in their first collaboration since before the pandemic, for this new production.

  • A choir of 24 artists from Northern Ireland and Ireland has also been selected to perform and will also benefit from NI Opera’s new choir development programme.

The gloriously romantic score of La Traviata brings to life the tragic love story of a beautiful courtesan Violetta Valéry and her lover Alfredo Germont. NI Opera’s new conceptual production will explore the idea around the image, visibility and fragility of a woman’s agency within her society.

Artistic Director Cameron Menzies comments, “I’ve had the great pleasure of working with each of these artists before and can’t wait to have Rebecca Lang, Isabel Baquero and Siobhan Stagg in the same room to bring this new and exciting interpretation to life. vibrant with this lyrical masterpiece. NI Opera is very fortunate to be able to work with artists of such extraordinary caliber.”

Ian Wilson, Managing Director of the Grand Opera House, said: “I am delighted to welcome back Northern Ireland Opera for the first time since the restoration of the Grand Opera House, with one of the most lavish and the finest ever written. Opera has been a key part of the program here for over 125 years, and we can’t wait to see Siobhan and the other cast members follow in the footsteps of Luciano Pavarotti, Nellie Melba and many other great singers who have performed on the stage of the Grand Opera House.”

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music and Opera at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is extremely proud to be Opera’s main funder. of Northern Ireland and the Ulster Orchestra who return to the Grand Opera House in September for La Traviata with the internationally acclaimed line-up of Rebecca Lang, Isabel Baquero and Siobhan Stagg We are delighted to once again see moreover, local artists are offered incredible professional development opportunities and work alongside world-class talent.

La Traviata marks Cameron’s fourth production since taking over the helm of NI Opera amid the pandemic in 2020. His three shows to date have been critically acclaimed with La Bohème (“Opera at its Finest”, 5 Stars, Opera Now Magazine, December 2021) at Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast in September 2021 and more recently Into The Woods at the Lyric (“Storms with such irresistible zest”, 4 Stars, The Times, February 2022). The cinematic experience Old Friends And Other Days was the award-winning film at four independent film festivals, including Paris Short Film Awards 2021.

Cameron joined the organization in November 2020 and leads this award-winning national opera company, widely acclaimed as one of the most exciting opera start-ups in UK and Irish history in a exciting new era. Its philosophy of artistic excellence and risk-taking is underpinned by a bold and imaginative approach to programming and productions.

PRESS EVENING: September 10, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Booking link: https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/la-traviata/

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