8

Link: visually impaired version of www.chrishigh.com

Image: banner image of writer Chris High


Enjoy short stories? Click to read Chris High tales online.

BACK TO TOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Review: Books, Theatre, Albums, Movies and Gigs

La Traviata

The Empire Theatre, Liverpool
February 14

Composer: Verdi
Producer: Ellen Kent
Cast Includes: Maria Tsonina, Ruslan Zinevych, Vladimir Dragos, Tattiana Virlan.
Running time: 2 hrs 40 mins

 
Image: Promotional image for La Traviata


What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than watching one of the world’s most romantic operas and especially when it is produced and performed as lavishly as this?

Ellen Kent has been, on occasions, a little guilty of understating some of her productions. Not so this. The sets and costumes, here, are exquisite, providing a perfect accompaniment to this story of forlorn love and choosing such a young, vibrant cast has to go down as something of a masterstroke.

Maria Tsonina, as the doomed Violetta, grows magnificently into role with a commanding presence that blossoms as the opera gathers pace. The Empire is a huge theatre, and at first she struggled to be heard above the orchestra. However as the story unfolded, Tsonina surmounted this difficulty and turned in a fabulous performance that had all but the stoniest reaching effortlessly for their tissues.

No such problems befell Ruslan Zinevych. Here is a Tenor with a great future, a he imperiously grabbed the role of Alfredo by the scruff of the neck and shook it for all of its worth, until all of the emotion of the part was exposed for all to see.

Also worthy of mention are Vladimir Dragos, in the role of Alfredo’s ill-advised father – who held an exemplary command of his part in the proceedings – and Tattiana Virlan playing Violetta’s maid, Anninia, who clearly has a heady future before her.

This was a truly majestic evening, brought up to the mark by sterling performances all around, fabulous sets, costumes and music conducted faultlessly by Gheorghe Stanciu.


Click here to view details and book for the Liverpool Empire Theatre
http://www.getlive.co.uk/liverpool


BOOKS | MOVIES | ALBUMS | THEATRE | GIGS

RETURN TO HOME PAGE


BACK TO TOP
   Maybe you would like to add your comments to this review of 'La Traviata'?
If so - please feel free to leave your FEEDBACK

“Writing gets me away for a while' from this world and into one where I, alone, can make or
break the rules as I see fit.” - Chris High 2003.
Site designed and maintained by Steve Bennett 2008 all rights reserved