In March 2024, we return to the Abbey Theatre with Verdi’s splendid opera La Traviata.
La Traviata is one of the most performed operas, famous for its rousing drinking song – a toast sung by Alfredo to his hostess Violetta whom he has secretly loved since he first saw her. As the party finishes, Alfredo professes his love to Violetta, convincing her to live a life of bliss in the countryside with him. Violetta feels faint, questioning if she should abandon the life of a Parisian courtesan for ‘true love’. Could this be an omen for the future?
The cast includes Hannah Dobra as Violetta (a memorable Queen of the Night in last year’s Magic Flute) and Matthew Howard as Alfredo who has previously sung with Grange Park Opera. We welcome back Charles Naylor to sing Germont, and Arina Lernik joins us as Violetta’s friend, Flora.
John Heath directs, David Ireson conducts the SACO orchestra and Bob Grover will be designing the lighting.
Tickets are on sale from the Abbey Theatre box office on 01727 857861
or online at https://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/la-traviata/
On Sunday, 25th February at St Stephen’s Church Hall in Watling Street, we have a rather special Tea Concert in support of Versus Arthritis, a charity which helps people across the U.K. suffering from arthritis and also supports world-class research into the disease.
Performers from SACO, Abbots Langley Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Harrow Opera and St Albans City Band, are taking part in a programme which ranges from Mozart to Delibes and Sullivan to Jerome Kern.
As usual, the afternoon will start at 2:30pm with refreshments with the concert following at 3pm. There is no charge for this concert but we are asking for donations, cash or contactless on the day, with all proceeds going to Versus Arthritis.