Stacey Alleaume dominated the curtain scene to the tragic conclusion as the doomed heroine in Verdi’s La Traviata.
Stacey Alleaume has come a long way in the last five years, from a promising member of Opera Australia’s Young Artists Program to an accomplished and stellar performer of La Traviata, Verdi’s most appealing and romantic opera.
She dominated the curtain scene until the tragic conclusion, her vibrant soprano effortlessly rising and falling as the doomed heroine, Violetta, transforms from vivacious Parisian courtesan to consumptive ruin.
Verdi’s vast and magnificent score helped, of course, as did the supporting players, but the night belonged to Stacey. Clearly, he’s a versatile and well-honed talent.
She first performed the role in 2017, on just four hours’ notice. It was a turning point in his career. She has since appeared in Carmen, The Pearl Fishers, Rigoletto and The Merry Widow, among others.
Liparit Avetisyan, stiff at first, as Alfredo, Violetta’s lover, regained her full voice midway through Act I, the Armenian’s rich tenor swelling as her confidence grew.
The baritone role of Alfredo’s father, Giorgio, is often sought after because it gives performers the opportunity to explore the amount of expression and pathos they can inject into Verdi’s music. In this, the Italian interpreter Mario Cassi did not disappoint.
Supporting vocalists offered strong support, including mezzo-soprano Agnes Sarkis as company hostess Flora, tenor Iain Henderson as insinuating friend Gastone, and baritone Alexander Sefton as distant Baron Douphol.
The choir, led by master Paul Fitzsimon, was exceptional, adding richness to an already vibrant musical tapestry, and conductor Renato Palumbo – no stranger to the Sydney Opera House pit – kept up a steady pace with enough restraint to give the cast space.
All in all, an exceptional production with a talented cast and a luminous Stacey in the central role.
• OPERA: La Traviata
• STARS: Stacey Alleaume, Liparit Avetisyan, Mario Cassi
• TO: Sydney opera
• UNTIL: July 29
• RESERVATIONS: 9250 7777, www.sydneyoperahouse.com