"La Traviata", from the dress rehearsal at the Baltic Opera, photo by Sebastian Ćwikła / Baltic Opera
Giuseppe Verdi's 'La Traviata' - one of the most significant works in the operatic canon - premieres in a new production under debut director Karolina Sofulak

La Traviata is undeniably one of the most beautiful and most famous operas ever written. Set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, it is based on the novel La dame aux camèlias (1852) by Alexandre Dumas (fils). Piave was persuaded by Verdi to collaborate on an operatic rendering of the literary work after the latter witnessed a staged version of it in Paris.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, audiences were unaccustomed to heroines on stage who were neither Roman goddesses nor regular visitors of European courts and palaces. The heroine in La Traviata is a courtesan - both fatally ill and fatally in love. The premiere in 1853 was met with an outcry. However, the collaborators didn't give up and one year later, following some minor adjustments, the opera was staged in Venice with great success.

The Baltic Opera's resident director Marek Weiss has given directorial responsibility of the new production to newcomer Karolina Sofulak.

Karolina Sofulak graduated from the University of Warsaw with a degree in Western European philological and cultural studies, specialising in comparative literature. She holds a doctorate in British literature and has completed studies at the Ludwik Solski State Theatre School (in direction in Opera and Alternative Musical Theatre) as well as at the Academy of Music in Kraków. She has assisted David Alden in a production of Janáček's "Katia Kabanowa", Mariusz Treliński in a remake of Puccini's Madame Butterfly, and Keith Warner in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, to name but a few. Sofulak also interned at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in 2010, working on a production of Mozart's Don Giovanni under the direction of Jonathan Kent. La Traviata will mark her directorial debut.

  • La Traviata: an opera in four acts with libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on La dame aux camèlias, a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas (fils). First performance of the opera was on March 6, 1853. Musical director: José Maria Florěncio, director: Karolina Sofulak, costumes and scenery: Hanna Szymczak. Violetta: Aleksandra Buczek, Iwona Hossa, Julia Iwaszkiewicz, Joanna Woś; Alfredo: Paweł Skałuba, Dariusz Stachura; the Baltic Dance Theatre, and the Chorus and Orchestra of the Baltic Opera. Baltic Opera premiere: March 5, 2011. Performances as follows: March 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13 and June 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 2011.

    Baltic Opera House in Gdańsk
    Al. Zwycięstwa 15, 80-219 Gdańsk
    Director: Marek Weiss
    tel. (+48 58) 763 49 12-3
    fax (+48 58) 763 49 14
    www.operabaltycka.pl

Source: www.e-pomorskie.pl, www.operabaltycka.pl


Rate:
(5 votes)

450 pianists from 45 countries have signed up to participate in the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition. This record interest is much higher...

The Arc2 Design Factory studio has won the competition to design the architectural concept for Gdańsk’s new planetarium, which will be constructed before the...

This War of Mine, press materials

The new Polish computer game This War of Mine has spread among players in almost 100 countries around the world, and has been among the best rated games for...

Still from Paweł Pawlikowski's "Ida", 2013. Pictured: Agata Trzebuchowska, photo: CAP/NFS / Forum

It was Ida's night. At the 27th European Film Awards ceremony, Ida took home 5 awards, making it the biggest winner of the evening – Best Director, Best...

The Lublin exhibition Signs of Freedom: Posters of Solidarity from 1980-1989 collects 45 unique posters from the birth of Solidarity and the period of martial...

  •  
  • 1 of 463
ART Food workshops in Ćmielów; photo courtesy of IAM

Students from design schools in Poland as well as from abroad are meeting at the 2nd edition of the Art Food workshops which merge cuisine and design. The...

Igor Podsiadły has been granted the Swan award. The jury of the “Oscars” of Dutch dance appreciated his performance in the Naked Lunch play, inspired by the...

Jagiellonian University Museum

First held in 2001, the "Sinfonia Varsovia Swojemu Miastu" Festival has since enjoyed a growing popularity, over 5,000 listeners attending its fifth, 2005...

Nick Cave 20,000 Days on Earth; photo courtesy of festival's organisers

Films screened at Sundance Festival in the recent years will be one of the highlights of Poznań’s Transatlantyk Festival opening next week.

  •  
  • 1 of 248

The culinary tastes of the generations born in the PPR (the Polish People’s Republic) were shaped mostly by canteen food and home cooking, which was based on...

Throughout centuries, Poland has been populated by very diverse ethnicities and linguistic groups, all of which have left a mark. Here's a look at some of the...

Andrzej Wajda during a rehearsal of "The Possessed" according to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1971, Teatr Stary in Krakow, photo: Wojciech Plewiński / Forum

Forty years since it irreversibly altered the Polish theatre scene, Wajda's adaptation of Dostoyevsky's "The Possesed" resurfaces on the small screen. "The...

Culture.pl presents a guide of a phantom city - a Warsaw that no longer exists.

Plac Zbawiciela / Saviour Square, photo: Grzegorz Czaplicki

Forget the Old Town and the National Museum. Here are directions to the hotspots of counter-culture where you will encounter the laid-back yet edgy lifestyle...

  •  
  • 1 of 463