Preview: La traviata, King’s Theatre

The cast of La traviata. Picture: Comp
The cast of La traviata. Picture: Comp
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IT’S a big week for Edinburgh Grand Opera (EGO) who take to the stage of the King’s Theatre this week in the ever popular operatic classic La Traviata.

Scotland’s oldest, established opera company - they have been around since 1955 - EGO are dedicated to developing young Scottish singers.

The pro-am company, which is run by its non-professional chorus, celebrate Verdi’s bi-centenary year with the production, the title of which literally means The Fallen Woman.

Set to an Italian libretto and based on La Dame aux Camelias, a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, the opera in three acts by Guiseppe Verdi, is a love story shrouded in sacrifice and misunderstanding. It is one of the most performed operas worldwide.

It’s a big undertaking, explains EGO chairman Douglas Nicholson.

“Opera has always been expensive to produce. In today’s economic climate, it is getting more and more difficult to fund fully staged shows with orchestra in a major theatre.

“Audiences are loyal, but costs are rising and people have less money to spend. We are delighted to have won a substantial grant from Creative Scotland - we can now offer the people of Edinburgh an opportunity to see one of Verdi’s most popular works in all its glory, and in the composer’s bicentenary year.”

He adds, “In addition we are thrilled to welcome costume design students from Queen Margaret University to work with EGO’s award-winning Annette Gillies to produce original costumes for La Traviata.”

Edinburgh Grand Opera: La Traviata, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, today-Saturday, 7.30pm , £10-£31, 0131-529 6000