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La Traviata

Date: 20-24 September 1994
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre
Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Piave Based on the novel La Dame aux Camelias by Victor Hugo

Conductor:
Paul Nadler (Sept 20/22/24)
Long Yu (Sept 21/23)

Scene Designer: Ho Ying-fung

Costume Designer: Lorraine Naylor
Director: Tim Coleman
Producer: Lo King-man

The Cast






Violetta (Soprano): Nova Thomas
(20, 22, 24/9)
Myra Cordell
(21, 23/9)

Alfredo (Tenor): Warren Mok
Germont (Baritone): Adib Fazah
Flora (Mezzo-soprano): Blythe Merrifield
Gastone (Tenor): Euro Nava
Grevnil (Bass): Derek Anthony
Douphol (Baritone): Michael Rippon
Marguis (Baritone): Sylvester Che
Annina (Soprano): Cindy Wong
(20, 22, 24/9)
Margaret Yim
(21, 23/9)

Giuseppe (Tenor): Bastien Tai
Commissario (Baritone): Lam Ho-chi
Servo (Tenor): Wong Chi-cheun
Repetiteurs: Anna Chan
Gordon Kember
Peter Lally








The Opera Society of Hong Kong
Chorusmaster: Raymond Fu
The Hong Kong Ballet
Choreographer: Bruce Steivel
The Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor: Paul Nadler (20, 22, 24/9)
Long Yu (21, 23/9)

The Story

Act I

Opens in a salon in Violetta' house, where she is giving a party. Her friend Gastone arrives with Alfredo, and tells her that Alfredo has for some time been in love with her. Alfredo then sings a lively drinking song.

As the guests proceed to the ballroom to dance, Violetta is seized by a fit of coughing. Alfredo, who has stayed behind, speaks of his love for her. Violetta tells Alfredo that what she seeks is not love but pleasure, but she promises to see him the next day.

After the guests have departed, Violetta, alone and contemplative, sings of how her heart has been touched by Alfredo's love. But she ends with the brilliant "Semprelibera..." as if to discard the softer emotions.

Act II

Scene 1
Opens a few months later, when Violetta has abandoned her former life and is living with Alfredo in a country house outside Paris. Alfredo enters and sings of his joy in life with Violetta. His joy is short-lived, however, when he learns from the maid Annina that Violetta has been selling her jewellery to meet the costs of upkeep of the house. He rushes off to try to raise the money himself.

Violetta comes in. She has received an invitation from her former friend Flora to a party that night, but she laughs at the idea of returning to her former life. Just then, an unexpected visitor arrives. It is Germont, Alfredo's father. Germont begs her to leave Alfredo, not only to save Alfredo from ruin, but because the continued relationship will harm the marriage prospects of his sister.

Violetta at first refuses Germont's request, but as he continues to plead, she finally makes the agonising decision to give up Alfredo. Left alone, Violetta writes to Flora accepting her invitation, then begins a letter to Alfredo. Before she has finished it, Alfredo arrives to tell her his father is coming to see him. Violetta, pretending to leave so as not to interrupt father and son, tells Alfredo how much she loves him and then departs. A servant hands Alfredo a note; it is Violetta's farewell letter, telling him that she is returning to her former life. At that moment, Germont returns, just in time to console his son as he realises the implications of the letter.

Scene 2
Takes place in the same evening, at Flora's party. It opens with a group of gypsies singing and dancing, then Gastone and his friends arrive dressed up as matadors. Alfredo arrives alone. Violetta appears soon afterwards, escorted by Baron Douphol. The two men play at cards for high states and Alfredo wins. When all the guests retire to the adjoining room for the banquet, Violetta has a chance to speak to Alfredo. She begs him to leave, saying the Baron is a dangerous adversary. When Alfredo replies that it is the Baron she fears for, Violetta, remembering her promise to Germont, agrees that she does indeed love the Baron. At that, Alfredo throws open the doors to the banquet room and calls for all to come. He tells them of Violetta's betrayal and says he will pay back every penny she spent on him. He throws at her the purse containing his winnings from the gaming table.

Germont arrives to witness the scene, but can do nothing except rebuke his son for his shameless behaviour.

Act III

It is set in Violetta's bedroom, she is seriously ill with tuberculosis. The doctor arrives and tries to cheer her with hope of a speedy recovery. But to Annina he reveals that Violetta is dying. Left alone, Violetta reads again a letter from Germont telling her that Alfredo now knows of her sacrifice. He has been sent for to come as quickly as possible. Violetta, however, realises she is near death.

Returning from the carnival in the street below, Annina excitedly tells Violetta that she has seen Alfredo. He arrives and they sing of a happy future together. Violetta is once again in the arms of her lover - but it is too late; death has come to La Traviata ("the fallen woman").


Chorus of the Opera Society of Hong Kong

Chorus of the Opera Society of Hong Kong was founded by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic singers.  They come from all walks of life and share the common interest in promoting western opera and musical theatre to the general public.

They performed in the 1992 and 93 productions of Verdi?s Otello and Rigoletto under the supervision of chorusmaster and chairman Raymond Fu.  They aspire to attain the highest standards of performance comparable with the best western choruses around the world.

Chorusmaster : Raymond Fu
Rehearsal Pianists: Faith Fung / James Milar / Grace Yue

Magician: Mr Magic / Albert Tam / Tami

SOPRANO
Simfonia Chan
Wini Chiu
Beatrice Kung
Winnie Lee
Noel Leung
Amanda Liu
Sandra Partridge
Linda Peach
Sue Wilkinson
Shirley Yeung
Maureen Chan
Alison Cripps
Fanny Ho
Katherine Kwong
Sandy Lee
Leung Sze-wai
Sung Mei-kwan

ALTO
Amanda Chan
Vivian Ko
Lai Ka-man
Ursula Matthews
Maggie Siu
Sze Siu-wan
Gloria Chan
Lam Yuen-yee
Rita Leung
Tilda Wat

TENOR
Cheung Chun-wa
Ho Man-cho
Stephen Ng
Herbert Tam
Tam Yu-leung
Wong chi-chuen
Kenny Lui
Albert Tsang
Chak Ho-yin
Orlando Mang
Suen Chung-yin

BASS
Lam Ho-chi
Timothy Lam
Lee Ka-kit
Leung Tsun-kai
Ian Yeung
Anton Luiten
Colin Lau
Law Ching-kwok
Brian Leung
Albert Lim
Wilson So
Eric Tang
Matthew Wong

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