New Zealand Opera’s production of Verdi’s La traviata had a stellar season in July at Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal, thanks to NZCT’s funding for venue hire.
As NZ Opera’s General Director Stuart Maunder explains, the Isaac Theatre Royal was the perfect venue for this sumptuous production of an Italian classic. “La traviata was written for Teatro la Fenice in Venice, which is a small, three-tier venue. The Isaac Theatre Royal, with only 1200 seats, was the ideal intimate space for this beautiful opera that has music of the highest order. Even though it’s relatively small, the theatre maintains an appropriate sense of grandeur and this particular opera would have got lost in a larger venue.”
One of NZ Opera’s important aims is education and community outreach. During the production, 300 Christchurch kids attended workshops and a dress rehearsal of this accessible production.
“La traviata is the perfect introduction to the opera art form and we were very proud of this production. We want to reduce the barriers to entry for opera and we defy people not to have a good time when they come and see it.”